Defeating Wahabbism

(Front Page Magazine) Stephen Schwartz - Hostility to Wahhabi extremism is prevalent throughout the Muslim world. In Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Chechnya, we see repetition of the pattern of Wahhabi-Saudi infiltration. The Wahhabi-Saudi agents who introduce their doctrines, financing, recruitment, and incitement to terror into these countries have the same aim in all of them: to utilize ordinary Muslims for the advancement of their fundamentalist and extremist agenda. Wahhabi-Saudi penetration of local Islamic communities may begin with the construction of Saudi-funded mosques, with Saudi-trained imams assigned to them. Newsweek states that "at least 250 out of some 1,200 [recognized mosques] nationwide" (in the U.S.) function under direct control of the North American Islamic Trust, a Wahhabi-Saudi body. Wahhabism is a nihilistic, violent, Islamofascist movement that seeks not only to impose conformity on the world's Muslims, and to completely wipe out Shi'a Islam, but also to attack the world's Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, and other worshippers. The extensions of the Wahhabi conspiracy - centered in such organizations as the Muslim World League and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, both headquartered in Saudi Arabia - are visible throughout the world, wherever Muslims are found, including on U.S. soil. Certain measures have become imperative: The U.S. should demand a full, transparent accounting of Saudi involvement in September 11th from the Saudi authorities. The Saudi government should entirely cut off its subsidies to the extremist Wahhabi ideological establishment. We should protect, support, and otherwise encourage Muslims opposed to Wahhabism to develop their own community institutions and to produce a new, articulate network of authoritative advocates who can bring the truth about traditional Islam to the Western public.

2002-10-25 00:00:00

Full Article


Visit the Daily Alert Archive