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Wahabi ideology is the root cause for terrorism- Will Saudi Arabia act?

By Vicky

It goes without saying that the Saudi backed Wahabi ideology is the root cause for terrorism across the world. The US and the Saudis who claim to be fighting the ISIS or the al-Nusra front are missing the point. Unless they reign in on the Wahabi ideology, there is no point in going after these terror groups as more would emerge in the days to come.

Ali Rizk, a Middle East expert makes a very valid point in an interview given to rt.com. To a question as to why the ongoing violence is still devastating in Syria despite peace talks, Rizk points out that the root cause of terrorism remains the Wahabist ideology which is exported by Saudi Arabia.


Fight Wahabist ideology to root out terrorism:

Rizk explains in detail that the the root cause of terrorism, like this attack in Damascus, remains the Wahhabist takfiri ideology, which is exported by Saudi Arabia. Until now Saudi Arabia and its Western allies, notably the US, have not seemed to be ready to exert the necessary pressure on the Saudis in order to stop this export of the Wahhabist takfiri ideology which Saudi Arabia tries to spread through the madrasas. The problem, be it from ISIS or be it from other groups like Al-Nusra, in the end it comes down to one main problem which is the Wahhabist salafi ideology.

The spread of Wahabism:

The Saudi sponsored Wahabi ideologists are spreading their tentacles across the world. The moderate Muslims consider the Wahabi ideologists to be extreme. They spread their ideology in various ways. From preaching in Mosques to setting up educational institutions. In India their growth has been slow. The problem areas in India continue to Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Saudi Arabia realizes that the Shias in India are a threat to the dominance of the Sunni community. India houses a large number of Shias and this according to the Saudis gives Iran an upper hand in India. However for Saudi the Sunnis in India have not followed the violent Wahhabi style of Islam and there are many seniors in the Muslim community who will not allow that to happen.

The only way Saudi could instill a radical thinking in the minds of the Sunni Muslims in India was by the establishment of Wahhabi centres. The Wahhabis are an extremely orthodox set of Sunni Muslims.

Terror groups such as the ISIS and the al-Nusra strictly adhere by the Wahabi rule book. It is often said that to kill a terror outfit, the thought is what needs to be shot down first. In this context unless the US pressurises Saudi to act against the Wahabi ideologists the war on terror would go no where. Even if the US were to crush the ISIS with its might, another group would return thanks to the reach that the Wahabi ideologists have.

The rule book:

  1. Shrines shall be forbidden
  2. Every Muslim woman should wear purdah or be subject to severe punishment
  3. Men have to compulsorily grow beards
  4. Women should not be allowed to work. Exception can be made only if the family is in need.
  5. Men and women should not mingle together in public.
  6. No weeping loudly at funerals.
  7. Abide by the Shariat law; every offence committed shall be punishable under this law.
  8. All men should wear trousers which are above their ankles.
  9. No laughing loudly or listening to music; no dancing or watching television.

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