CHARLOTTE, NC, November 6, 2017 –. President Barack Obama never let a moment pass to inform the American people that "ISIS is not Islam." Anyone who understands the history of ISIS, Islam, Wahhabism and their relationship to Saudi Arabia can see that Obama is wrong.
To completely grasp the links between the two, one must first understand that Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a dual identity that is frequently as confusing for that country as it is for the rest of the world.
Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam
Saudi Arabia has been a dominant player in the world of oil production since the mid-1930's. As history has demonstrated, the two do not mix well. One reason is the creation of the tribal desert nation under the beliefs of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab who founded Wahhabism and, in the process, unified Saudi Arabia into a single kingdom.
Wahhab hated the impurities of Islam as he saw them. He was determined to reform the faith with a cultural revolution endorsed by a second-rate tribal leader named Ibn Saud.
Wahhab found an ally in Saud who was seeking to control the Arabian peninsula. Thanks to his (Wahhab's) hatred of the Egyptian and Ottoman nobles who brought their decadent disciplines to Mecca as they traipsed in to pray, it became a partnership that has altered the world ever since.
ISIS, Islam, Wahhabism: Who are the Mulsim Imposters
As al-Wahhab saw it, the so-called "Muslim impostors" were not Muslims at all. They only pretended to be as a matter of convenience.
Wahhab believed when the Prophet Muhammad went to Medina for the last ten years of his life, that it was the "Golden Age" of Islam. Wahhab's ideal Muslim society was the same as Muhammad's.
In Wahhab's mind, the actions of the "Muslim impostors" were regarded as bida forbidden by God. This is a fact that is critical to understanding the relationship between "moderate Muslims" and ISIS fundamentalists.
Often we hear claims that Muslims kill more Muslims than they do Christians. As if this offers some sort of justification for their actions.
The key to this thought process is that al-Wahhab and his followers regarded other Muslims as infidels themselves.
Wahhabi Islam bans prayers to saints and the deceased
It also condemns pilgrimages to tombs, special mosques, religious festivals celebrating saints, the use of gravestones when interring the dead and even any celebration that honors Muhammad's birthday.
Using these criteria, it is easy to see why pure Muslims would become so upset at cartoons depicting the prophet.
According to al-Wahhab, conformity for Muslims was of the essence. In that sense, ISIS is the ideal contemporary example of that philosophy. Wahhab believed that every Muslim must pledge allegiance to a single Muslim leader, preferably a Caliph if one existed.
As author Alastair Crooke puts it, "There is nothing here that separates Wahhabism from ISIS."
ISIS, Islam, Wahhabism: "One Ruler, One Authority, One Mosque."
There is a schism between Wahhabism and ISIS in relation to the three pillar doctrine of al-Wahhab's "One Ruler, One Authority, One Mosque."
Whether Wahhab truly believed that the concession was made to allow Ibn Saud to unify the Kingdom and make Wahhabism the absolute authority for Islam.
ISIS does not accept this concept of convenience, which makes Saudi Arabia a major threat from the terrorist organization. Otherwise, ISIS and Wahhabism are virtually one in the same.
ISIS, Islam, Wahhabism: Martyrdom in the name of jihad,
It was Ibn Saud and Abd al-Mahhabi who reintroduced the concept of martyrdom in the name of jihad. A true believer may blow himself up as a suicide bomber in exchange for immediate entry to heaven.
Little has changed since the days of al-Wahhab and ISIS. The goals remain the same, to bring the people they conquer into submission. Recent history since 9/11/01 irrefutably demonstrates that.
Thus, like so many aspects of the Middle East, ISIS is problematic. It is, indeed, deeply rooted in Wahhabism in one sense, and in another it follows the doctrines of the two Caliphs who followed Muhammad, completely denying the Saudis' ruling authority.
ISIS truly is Islam
Given that background, there seems to be no end to the strife in the Middle East, but one thing it does demonstrate is that ISIS truly is Islam as we know it today.
About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events,
people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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