The so-called “Islamic State” and all other terror organizations speak the same language of terror and violence, regardless of their race, color or geography. While they target everyone who opposes them, but the foremost victims of their toxic ideology are Muslims and Islam. If Islam was founded as a religion of peace 1400 years ago, they turn it into a cult of terror and violence, in order to dictate terms on others. They literally make it look as if Islam and humanity are two opposite things — and mutually exclusive as well. What inspires the ISIS and its clones is the Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi version which is a pure political narrative that can easily turn normal Muslims suicidal and murderous both. Quranic words are mere words; it if for the followers to give give the words right meaning in the modern context. Muslims appear to have completely failed in preventing undesired interpretation of their holy book. India must also be on guard because the dominant sunni Muslims follow the Deobandi Islam which is just a clone of the Wahhabi cult. The founders of both the cults were contemporary and friends. Therefore, it is no surprise that over 90% Pakistani terrorists are indoctrinated in the Deobandi madarsas.
The Ideology of Modern Islamic Terrorists
All radical Islamic groups have the same core ideology, differing only in personality clashes. Their preference for violence and terrorism is exemplified in the training manual of Al Qaeda whose operatives carried out the 9/11 attacks in New York in 2001. It clearly states:
“[An] Islamic government would never be established except by the bomb and rifle. Islam does not coincide or make a truce with unbelief, but rather confronts it. The confrontation that Islam calls for with these godless and apostate regimes, does not know Socratic debates, Platonic ideals nor Aristotelian diplomacy. But it knows the dialogue of bullets, the ideals of assassination, bombing, and destruction, and the diplomacy of the cannon and machine-gun. The young came to prepare themselves for Jihad [holy war], commanded by the majestic Allah’s order in the holy Koran.”
True practitioners of Islam as a religion can’t imagine, even in their wildest dream, their Prophet ever approving such destructive thinking exhibited by Islamic terror gangs around the world. But sadly, these distortionists rule the Muslims and terrorize rest of the human world.
They See Islam As a Pure Political Ideology for Dominance
The ultra-radical Islamic ideology is variously called Salafism, Wahhabism or simply Islamo-fascism by the West. In the past decades, various shades of this violent ideology has made significant inroads among Muslims around the world. The cult of terrorism and suicidal attacks are external manifestations of this ideology. The ideologues can often be seen provoking Muslims to pick up arms against the humanity. Hate-mongering against the West, Christians, Jews, Hindus and opponents is their typical identification mark. Global brand ambassadors of this ideology are the ISIS, Al Qaeda, Taliban, Laskar-e-Toiba, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and their other clones. They call their hateful and violent activities a holy war (jihad) ordained by Allah. Thus, they claim Allah-given license to kill everyone on their way, including Muslims (those who disagree) and non-Muslims (because they are Kafir) !
If the world, including Muslims, sees Islam as a religion of peace, jihadi terrorists prove it totally wrong. All Islamic terror groups display this pathological tendency, regardless of their geographical location, race or color. Thus, worldwide all Islamic terrorists speak the same language of intolerance, hate, violence and terror – and, sadly they do it in the name of Allah, Quran or Islam.
Unfortunately, this intolerant trait is as old as Islam itself. Right from the beginning, a section of Prophet’s followers, saw his teachings purely as an ideology of confrontation rather than a subscription for peaceful living. Unable to capture the ‘spiritual essence’ of Islam, they used it as a weapon to further power politics. In the past 14 centuries, many so-called ‘Islamic scholars’ revived or strengthened this cult of violence in the name of reviving the ‘Pure Islam’. Each one of such ‘reformer’ only destroyed the religion taught by Mohammad for peaceful living.
Founder of the Wahhabi Cult
Muhammad ibn Abd-al Wahhab (1703 – 1792) was also one such sunni ‘Islamic scholar’ who revived Islamo-fascism. Since the head of Saud tribe was deeply influenced by his teachings, the Wahhabi version of Islam became the State religion after Saudi Arabia was created by the British post WW1 . Wahhab was born in Najd Uyainah, in the present-day Saudi Arabia. Today, all global sunni terror groups follow his ‘Pure Islam’. The practical application of Wahhabism comes in the form countless terror attacks around the world — the 9/11 New York or 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks are just two notable examples.
For Wahhab there was only one interpretation of Islam – his own. He symbolized the thinking: If you follow Me you are a Muslim, else you are doomed as a non-Muslim who must be killed. There was no place for difference of opinion – and disagreements were erased by eliminating the dissenter. Thus, he virtually declared an all out war on Muslims and non-Muslims alike unless they submitted to his doctrines. Wahhab openly declared that Mushrikeen have no right to exist on this planet. His definition of Mushrikeen included all non-believers, including Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Shia Muslims. Thus, scores of innocent people who defied got killed and their villages were burnt down — many fled to survive. This is how people were forced into submission and Wahhab grew his following, but his father and son were not among them. Needless to say, his Islamic justifications merely gave Quranic legitimacy to the same primitive tribal behavior – violence, plunder and treating women like sex slaves and commodity — of the 7th century Arab desert that the Prophet tried to civilize by preaching spirituality.
Wahhab drew inspiration from the past Islamic ‘reformer’, the 13th century Turk Ibn Taymiyyah who was condemned in his own lifetime and he was frequently in trouble with the other Islamic authorities and was often jailed. Taymiyyah’s ideology never found place in the Sunni mainstream but Wahhab succeeded primarily due to the patronage of the powerful Saud Tribe that had a strong Lashkar (fighting army).
Wahhab’s followers continued his barbaric legacy after his death in 1792. Reflecting their ideological hatred of Shias, in 1801 they went on a spree of killings and destruction in Karbala (in today’s Iraq). It was followed by looting and wrecking of the tomb of Prophet’s grandson, Hussain, who was killed in 680 in Karbala. How the Wahhabis treated Shias, is reported by Charles Allen in God’s Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad.
“… a Wahhabi raiding band led by the Saudi Emir’s eldest son Saud ibn Saud attacked Karbala in modern-day Iraq, the most sacred shrine of the Shias, containing the tomb of their holiest saint, Hussain, grandson of the Prophet and son of Imam Ali. They pillaged the whole of it and plundered the Tomb of Hussein, slaying in the course of the day, with circumstances of peculiar cruelty, above five thousand of the inhabitants.
This event, which made a deep impression on the minds of the Turks, Arabs and Persians, was attributed to the guilty negligence of the Turkish Government, in failing to keep the Tomb of Hossein in a proper state of defense. Huge amounts of booty were seized, the emir-cum-imam taking the usual one-fifth for himself and sharing out the rest among his Wahhabi soldiery, a single share to every foot-soldier and a double share to every horseman.”
A Note of Shia/Sunni Rivalry
Non-Muslim readers may like to know that the Shia-Sunni rivalry is rooted in the succession struggle for Prophet’s teachings. Shias believed that blood descendants of the Prophet form the natural order and they should inherit Prophet’s legacy. They are opposed by the Sunnis who follow the sunna (Arabic for “way” or tradition) of the Prophet. Today, globally 80 — 85% Muslims are Sunnis and the rest are Shias. Shias look towards Iran for guidance. Sunnis belong to the Saudi Arabia camp but what end up getting is the radical Wahhabi ideology. This 1400 year old Shia-Sunni rivalry dictates the politics of the oil rich Gulf region.
Watch this video carefully to understand how Sunni radicals doctored Quran and killed Mohammad and all his family members in gruesome manner.
Emergence of Saud Dynasty
Muhammad ibn Abd-al Wahhab’s best known follower was Ibn Saud – leader of the Saud tribe, one among many Bedouin tribes who perennially squabbled with each other in the hot and hostile desert of the Najd region. For the politically astute Ibn Saud, it was a brilliant idea to rule (control) people in this way, from a high moral ground in the name of Islam.
The emergence of the Saud dynasty started in the area around Riyadh in central Arabia in 1744 when head of the Saud tribe, Muhammad ibn Saud, joined hands with Wahhab. This provided the ideological impetus to the Saud tribe which is still the basis of governance in Saudi Arabia today. Imbued with the religious zeal of the Wahhabi Islamic ideology, they became aggressively expansionist. The conquest by Wahhabis had important consequences for the subjects. It meant replacement of moderate or multicultural societies with the intolerant Wahhabi culture as a new compulsory social order.
As Wahhabis grew stronger and started to stamp their authority, their expansionist tendency alarmed the traditional Ottoman Empire in neighboring Turkey. In the ensuing confrontation in 1818, they were driven back to the Arab deserts where they remained confined and clashing with neighboring rivals almost until the end of the nineteenth century. Then again their stars started to shine.
Birth of Saudi Arabia
Between 1902 and 1927, the Al Saud leader, Abdul-Aziz bin Saud, carried out a series of conquests which ultimately lead to the creation of the modern state of Saudi Arabia in 1930. In the meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire had fallen at the end of the WW-1. The backbone of Saud’s supremacy was the Ikhwan (Brotherhood), the Wahhabi-Bedouin tribal army, founded in 1912.
On 20 May 1927, the United Kingdom signed the Treaty of Jeddah recognizing Abdul-Aziz’s realm (then known as the Kingdom of Hejaz and Najd) as a sovereign entity. However, the Ikhwan leaders wanted to continue their expansion spree into British subject colonies. But Abdul-Aziz did not allow it, as it could pit them directly against the British. The Ikhwan revolted but the king defeated it and massacred the Ikhwan leadership. In 1930, Abdul-Aziz controlled kingdoms of the Hejaz and Najd were merged to form the ‘Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’.
Few years later, oil was discovered in the Al-Hasa region. It gave the Saudis a unique political advantage. In February 1945, King Abdul Aziz signed an agreement with the US to supply oil in exchange for guaranteed protection to the Saudi regime; it is still in force today. After consolidating their oil economy, the Saudis started exporting their radical faith across the world through the network of charitable organizations and trained preachers. Saudis have spent billions of dollars on this venture. On the strength of petro-dollars and propaganda material the intolerant Wahhabi ideology reached across the world through mosques and madarsas.
As a result, all humane and spiritual versions of Islam practiced in various countries got tainted or replaced with the intolerant Wahhabi cult. If today more and more Muslims appear prone to radicalization it only reflects the Wahhabi influence in their Islamic thinking. They love to connect every political struggle with Islam and unleash violence by calling it jihad. Stating differently, they exhibit the tendency to Islamize political conflicts and make it look as if they are waging a holy jihad to protect Islam or victimized Muslims! What Pakistan has been trying to do in Kashmir since 1947 is precisely the same thing. “Play victim and then terrorize” is the standard modus operandi of today’s Muslim communities all over the world.
The Wahhab of India!
India’s Deobandi and Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi Islam parallel each other; both purely political.
Very few people in India know that Wahhab had a contemporary counterpart in India. A Delhi cleric named Shah Wali Ullah (1703-1762) was born in the same year as Wahhab. For both men, ‘pure Islam’ meant the political violent Islam to dominate all others – Muslims as well as the non-Muslims. It was the period when the Islamic Mughal Empire was declining fast and Wali Ullah wanted to revive the Mughal rule. It is interesting to note that Wali invited the Afghan ruler Ahmad Shah Abdali to attack India to ‘save Muslims’ from Hindus and Shias. It led to the 3rd battle of Panipat in 1761 where the Marathas were defeated. It prolonged the life of the moribund Mughal dynasty for another 100 years and Wali Ullah became a hero of Indian Muslim clerics – and a savior of Islam! His letter to the Afghan ruler reveals the typical helplessness of Muslims without power:
“…All control of power is with the Hindus because they are the only people who are industrious and adaptable. Riches and prosperity are theirs, while Muslims have nothing but poverty and misery. At this juncture you are the only person, who has the initiative, the foresight, the power and capability to defeat the enemy and free the Muslims from the clutches of the infidels. God forbid if their domination continues, Muslims will even forget Islam and become indistinguishable from the non-Muslims.”
Recent Uprising of Islamic Terrorism
The defeat of Soviet invaders in 1980s in Afghanistan at the hands of the Afghan jihadis should be seen as a watershed event that emboldened radical Islamists around the world. It came as a great moral booster for them. The Al Qaeda led by Osama bin Laden became a symbol of global Islamic jihad. Of course, they did not fight alone; they were actively supported and trained by the US-Pak combine. Needless to say there were many other cold-war policies that were also working against the Soviet when they decided to withdraw from Afghanistan. As a result, they not only withdrew from Afghanistan but the whole Soviet Empire also crumbled soon afterwards.
Osama bin Laden was a Saudi national and a hardcore Wahhabi mullah. He and many others came to Afghanistan to participate in jihad alongside their Islamic brethren to evict the ‘infidel’ communist occupiers.
Throughout the 1990s, jihadi terrorists flourished in the Pak-Afghan region. After the communists were gone, Pakistan continued to churn out terrorists from its jihad factories; however, now to spread jihadi terror in Kashmir. It also installed the Taliban government in Afghanistan which was later ousted by the Americans after the 9/11 attack.
The 9/11 US terror attack of 2001 exposed the boldest face of militant Islam before the world. Of the 19 jihadi attackers, 15 were from Saudi Arabia. The mighty West was forced to acknowledge the presence of a dreadful reality they always thought was a local phenomenon of Muslim societies. The worst part was that the mastermind was none other than their former ally of Afghan war, Osama Bin Laden.
This successfully executed attack further emboldened radical Islamists and gave birth to a fresh wave of ‘holy warriors’ who wanted to emulate their heroes. The American invasion of Iraq in 2003 under the false pretext of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction offered them another front to bolster their jihadi zeal. In later years, it gave birth to the Islamic State (ISIS), which became synonymous with the most barbaric face of jihadi violence. In fact, the ISIS is no different from the Ikhwan that helped the Saudis create their country. Their propaganda on social media glamorized jihad and influenced Muslims across the world. Thousands came radicalized even from the ‘developed’ Europe to participate in the jihad against the infidels in the Middle East.
Afghan Taliban’s large scale destruction of Buddhist shrines in the 1990s and ISIS’s demolition of ancient shrines in Iraq and Syria closely parallel Wahhabis’ destruction in 1920s of the 1,400-year-old tombs in the Jannatul Baqi cemetery in Medina.
All such barbarism might be new to the world, but Indians had already witnessed Islamic savagery during the centuries of Islamic dark-age in the past.