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Blame it on Saud

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Submitted by Eddie Must (Malaysia), Dec 2, 2005 at 05:23

If there is anyone who's to be blamed with the changing face of Islam now, blame it on the ruling Saud family of Saudi Arabia.

This country produces 25% of the total world oil production and they are the ones that are sponsoring the recent 'Wahhabi' sect of Islam, which is based on Intolerance. Wahhabism, which came into being in the 18th century, is probably the worst thing that came out of the Islamic world. They used to be in the minority but are now sadly being spread worldwide by the 'Oil-Money Power' of the Saud Family.

You want to stop Islamic Terrorism, deal with the spread of Wahhabism first. Almost all Islamic Terrorists belong to this brand of Islam.

On the flip side of the coin, there's Sufism, a peaceful version of Islam, that focuses on spirituality and love of God rather than suicide bombers. Alas, during the late 20th century, Pro Wahhabism governments worlwide managed to eradicate this idealogy and rendered it as 'un-Islamic'. It's no co-incidence that after the disappearance of this peaceful brand of Islam from the public eye, the activities of the so-called 'Islamic Fundamentalist' came to the fore. We wouldn't be in this position now if Sufism were to prevail.

I don't agree with the opinion that most Islamic countries are backward as compared to the countries under the 'Christian Umbrella'. Go to Malaysia, a Muslim nation that's more modern and advanced than most western nations.
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