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The Wahhabi Myth - Salafism, Wahhabism, Qutbism

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TERRORISM The Wahhabi Myth (2nd Edition) - Dispelling Prevalent
What is Terrorism? Fallacies and the Fictitious Link with Bin Laden By
Were the 9/11 Hijackers Haneef James Oliver
Do 'Wahhabis' Support
The 'Wahhabi' Myth by Haneef James Oliver clarifies many of the
Suicide Bombings? gross inaccuracies and outright lies that have been attributed to the
Do 'Wahhabis' Support belief of the Salafi Muslims (often referred to as "Wahhabis").
Acts of Terrorism? Although some reporters have been vigilant enough to rebut some of
What do 'Wahhabis' these widespread fables, most have fallen headfirst into what one
Think About 9/11? discerning reporter called, "the neo-conservative line that the whole
conspiracy against America can be traced back to Wahhabism and the
government of Saudi Arabia."
The author of The 'Wahhabi' Myth outlines the principles of the Salafi
creed in an easy to understand manner. Using many different
sources, he carefully presents the arguments of the critics of Salafism
and successfully addresses the misconceptions that are contained
within these criticisms. Specifically, he addresses the commonly held
belief that Osama Bin Laden is a Salafi/"Wahhabi". He compellingly
dispels this myth and unveils the sect that has provoked Bin Laden to
become the leader of a terrorist movement.

Karen Armstrong speaks about the difference between Osama bin Laden's sect
(Qutbism) and Salafism/"Wahhabism" in a Guardian article entitled "The label of
Catholic terror was never used about the IRA":
WAHHABISM “Bin Laden was not inspired by Wahhabism but by the writings of the Egyptian
Does the Creed of
ideologue Sayyid Qutb, who was executed by President Nasser in 1966. Almost
'Wahhabism' Differ From
every fundamentalist movement in Sunni Islam has been strongly influenced by
That of Orthodox Islam?
Qutb, so there is a good case for calling the violence that some of his followers
Do 'Wahhabis' Support
commit "Qutbian terrorism." Qutb urged his followers to withdraw from the moral
Suicide Bombings?
Do 'Wahhabis' Support
and spiritual barbarism of modern society and fight it to the death.
Acts of Terrorism?
Western people should learn more about such thinkers as Qutb, and become aware
Are 'Wahhabis' a
of the many dramatically different shades of opinion in the Muslim world. There are
Dangerous and
Treacherous People?
too many lazy, unexamined assumptions about Islam.”
Does Osama Bin Laden
Like 'Wahhabis'? Excerpt from The "Wahhabi" Myth:
Do 'Wahhabis' like Osama
Bin Laden?
What do 'Wahhabis' The word "Wahabism" is in fact nothing but a meaningless appellation which is
Think About 9/11? used by people in two cases: The term "Wahabism" is often used to describe those
Has Stephen Schwartz who closely stick to the verses of the Qur'an and the narrations of the Prophet
Spoken Justly About Muhammad (may Allah raise his rank and grant him peace) in all religious affairs.
'Wahhabism'? Consequently, instead of directly attacking Islam for those things that do not
appeal to their desires, they call anyone who follows these texts "Wahabis."
Is Osama Bin Laden
Another different and contemporary usage has appeared for this term. Anybody
Really a 'Wahhabi'?
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The Wahhabi Myth - Salafism, Wahhabism, Qutbism

What Sect Does Osama political overthrows, endless blind purported Jihads which are based upon principles
Bin Laden Belong to? other than those found in Islam and led by people who have no knowledge based
What Kind of Effect has background in Islamic scholarship, are entered into a giant umbrella group called
Osama Bin Laden's Sect "Wahabism." This is done even though these followers of Sayyid Qutb despise the
Had on the World?
Salafi/"Wahabi" scholars and their creed.
Does Osama Bin Laden
Like 'Wahhabis'?
Do 'Wahhabis' Like Hence, in the first case, "Wahabism" is used to mean "anything I don't like about
Osama Bin Laden? Islam," and in the second case, "anything I don't like about what the contemporary
Is Fighting the U.S. Qutbist movements do; things that have no basis in Islam."
Osama Bin Laden's Front
for a Different Objective?
The media and general population are invited to actually begin to study the
principles of Salafism/"Wahabism" and report about it accurately, especially as it
WHO'S WHO? seems that the "War Against Terrorism" seems to slowly be turning into the "War
Who is Allah?
Against Wahabism."
What is a 'Wahhabi' and
What is 'Wahhabism'?
What is a Salafi and What Some Western intellectuals are doing something to contest this trend, but they are
is Salafism? few and far between, and their knowledge of the nature of Salafism is limited. Gary
The Group: al-Ikhwan al- Leupp, a history professor and coordinator of the Asian Studies Program at Tufts
Muslimun (The Muslim University, posed the following question concerning this current of thought: "In
Brotherhood) of Egypt Saudi Arabia itself, is "Wahabism" really the threat posited by some neocons? John
Who was Sayyid Qutb?
Esposito, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown
Who was Abu Alaa
University, suggests otherwise."
Who was Hasan Al-
Banna? Professor Leupp quotes Esposito as saying: "Even conforming to an ultra-
What is a Sufi and What conservative, anti-pluralistic faith does not necessarily make you a violent
is Sufism? individual." Leupp adds: "There are of course millions of peaceable if ultra-
What is a Khariji and conservative, anti-pluralistic Christians."
Who are the Khawarij?
Driving in his point, Leupp cites F. Gregory Gause III, a professor of political
science at the University of Vermont, when he warned the House Subcommittee on
Middle East and South Asia about the "dangerous trend" of linking "Wahabism" with
terrorism, wherein he explained that this phenomena "is not Saudi or 'Wahabi' in
any exclusive sense. It is part of the zeitgeist of the whole Muslim world right now.
It is undoubtedly true that the al-Qa'ida network was able to recruit many Saudis.
But it would be a mistake to attribute this simply to some purported affinity
between 'Wahabism' and al-Qa'ida's message of jihad."

Stating that although "some Saudi clerics and intellectuals have supported al-
Qa'ida's message [note: the supporters of Sayyid Qutb, the Qutbists]," he adds
that "the vast majority have condemned it [note: the Salafi/"Wahabi" scholars]."

"Moreover," he says, "Al-Qa'ida has been able to recruit both fighters and
intellectual supporters from many countries - Egypt and Pakistan, to name but two
- where 'Wahabism' is not a prominent intellectual current."

- abridged from the book: The 'Wahhabi' Myth

Gary Leupp, Saudis on the Defensive, Counterpunch, 28 August 2003.

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