69 million page views

neo-Wahabi factor

Reader comment on item: Bolstering Moderate Muslims
in response to reader comment: My Response

Submitted by DT (United States), Apr 25, 2007 at 17:01

I have been reading an interesting book by Dore Gold called Hatred's Kingdom where he studies the radical Wahabi movement in Saudi Arabia. Very interesting. Wahab got around the Koran injunctions to not hurt other Muslims + protect 'people of the Book' (Christians/Jews) by declaring them all to by 'Polytheists' (Mushrikun).

Thus Wahab was able to justify the oppression of non-Wahabi Muslim's - basically forcing them to convert or die. Gold cites radical Wahai theologians who claim that modern day Christians and Jews have degenerated to the point where they qualify as Polytheists/Mushrikun instead of People of the Book, which at least can live in Islamic states if they pay the head task. The Mushrikun get the 'convert' or die treatment.

Because of Saudi $$$$$, the Wahabi radicals have gone all over the world and developed an extensive terrorist network like Bin Laden.

So even if the Koran instructs moderate behavior, the radical clerics will find a way to make exceptions so the terrorists can justify their actions.


Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)