Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Poison Within

I am currently doing some research into radicalism and extremism. I suspect there is an inherent cause-effect relationship between a particular ideology within Islam and acts of extremism, radicalism and even terrorism. This certain ideology (creed or doctrine) has managed to permeate (and even mutated) itself pervasively amidst all sections of the Muslim community from America to Zimbabwe. It has lived a life of about 200 years, and throughout its entire history, it has to its 'credits' acts of human savagery and terror.

The ideology I am talking about is the Wahhabism ideology, sometimes also known by such names as Salafism, Salafibism, Al-Muwahidun, et cetera. Adherents of this ideology are known as Wahhabis or Salafis. It was born from the teachings of Muhammad Bin Abdul Wahhab (1703-1792 CE). I am in the process of producing a book to present a comprehensive understanding of the Wahhabi ideology. The book is essentially an anthology of essays by accomplished scholars around the world who has written about Wahhabism, in different angles and perspectives.

I will be posting some of these articles in this blog. I urge readers to post their comments on the Blog and the articles, thoughts and commentaries presented here. If you have an interesting article on the subject, please feel free to email me directly at sufijourneys@gmail.com

There's a clear and present danger lurking within our midst. We seek Allah's Guidance and Protection, Ameen.

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