Muslim intellectuals are asking Muslims to march ahead despite Wahhabism
Satbir Singh Bedi | 29 Sep 2013
Wahhabism is based on the teachings of Abd Al-Wahhab. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, "Abd al-Wahhāb’s teachings have been characterized as puritanical and traditional, representing the early era of the Islamic religion. He made a clear stand against all innovations (bidʿah) in Islamic faith because he believed them to be reprehensible, insisting that the original grandeur of Islam could be regained if the Islamic community would return to the principles enunciated by the Prophet Muhammad. Wahhābī doctrines, therefore, do not allow for an intermediary between the faithful and Allah and condemn any such practice as polytheism. The decoration of mosques, the cult of saints, and even the smoking of tobacco were condemned.
When the preaching of these doctrines led to controversy, ʿAbd al-Wahhāb was expelled from ʿUyaynah in 1744. He then settled in Ad-Dirʿīyah, capital of Ibn Saʿūd, a ruler of the Najd (now in Saudi Arabia).
The spread of Wahhābīsm originated from the alliance that was formed between ʿAbd al-Wahhāb and Ibn Saʿūd, who, by initiating a campaign of conquest that was continued by his heirs, made Wahhābīsm the dominant force in Arabia since 1800."
Wahhabism also insists on women wearing burqas and is against women education. It is the main sect of Islam in Saudi Arabia and Qatar and presumably gulf countries and funds earned from production of petroleum by these countries named "Petro-dollars" are being used extensively for propagating Wahhabism in Afghanistan and Pakistan through extremists Muslim organisations like Al Qaeda and Taliban. Its aim seems to be to create an Islamic Caliphate with the King of Saudi Arabia as its Caliph and to include all the Muslim countries upto Indonesia including India.
The retrograde position taken by Wahhabism is being challenged by Muslim Intellectuals in not only Pakistan, India and Bangladesh but in Saudi Arabia itself. Many Muslim thinkers and journalists are risking their lives by exposing that Wahhabism is based on a misinterpretation of the Holy Quran and the Holy Book itself says that some of its verses are clear while some other verses are not so clear and so the Book has to be pondered over. These Muslim Intellectuals in the background of the attack on Church in Peshawar by the extremists, have stated that they are ashamed to call themselves Muslims, have asked the Pakistani Government not to negotiate with the Taliban and have stated that while all the other religions of the world had marched ahead, so Muslims too should march ahead.