Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Destroying from Within

"We live in a time when the enemies of Islam are attempting to destroy it from within."

That's the very first sentence of an article entitled "200 Years of New Kharijism", written by the eminent scholar of Islam, Shaykh Hisham Kabbani. The article quotes an interesting fact that may probably surprise many of us...

"These two phenomena, depraved leadership and exclusionism, are the mainstays of New Kharijism in our time. What clearer proof of this than what took place in Makka on November 20, 1979, when hundreds of armed men seized the Holy Mosque under the 36-year old Juhayman al-'Utaybi and proclaimed him as the new leader of the country? They held the mosque for two weeks during which they practiced lewd sexual behavior with the women they held captive and those they had brought with them. According to the New York Times, "There were hundreds of casualties on both sides before Saudi forces were able to drag out the last remnant of what by then was a bunch of filthy, bedraggled young men." Al-'Utaybi and sixty-three of the captured were later executed by public beheading. According to As Sayyid Yusuf al-Rifa'i, these wild young people learned their ways from the same teacher as Abdel Aziz Ibn Baz (d. 2000), a famous Wahhabi scholar."
The author also summarised the main principles that separates the Wahhabis or the neo-Khawarij from traditional Islam...

  • Anthropomorphism of the Deity: Attributing a body to the object of Islamic worship.
  • Disrespect of Prophet: Harming the Prophet through
    • Disrespect of his noble person, mosque, grave, vestiges, Family, or Companions
    • Disrespect of those who visit, love, and praise him
    • Disparaging or holding his status as an intercessor in disdain.
  • Disregard for the schools and methods of the Sunni Imams including
    • The Imams of Sunni doctrine ('aqîda): al-Ash'ari and al-Maturidi.
    • The scholars of traditional Sunni jurisprudence (fiqh): Abu Hanifa, Malik, ash-Shafi'i and Ahmad.
    • The Imams of Sunni morals (akhlâq) known as the Poles of the science of soulpurification (tasawwuf): al-Junayd, al-Gilani, al-Shadhili, al-Rifa'i, al-Chishti, al-Suhrawardi, Shah Naqshband, and al-Tijani.

The author also quotes an all too familiar story "Africans tell the story of a young man sent to study Shari'a at great expense by his Sunni parents. Upon his return a few years later, he refused to eat a chicken slaughtered in his honor by his father stating, 'my father is an apostate'. Scenarios like this one quickly caused a great rift between the generations of peace-loving Muslims and the chaosdriven youth who were their children."

I had a friend, a Wahhabi of course!, who refused to attend the father's funeral because his family members were practising shirik (polytheism) and bid'a (innovation), simply because they were reading tahlil (recitation of Allah's names and Quranic verses) and the talqin (reading of some verses during burial). This Wahhabism thing has got to stop, it's ruining families and stuff!

Click here to read the entire article (PDF).

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