Terrorism & the Wahhabi Sect

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Below is a far from complete list, highlighting only the more significant terrorist attacks.  We are only looking at events since 2000 to make a point, and we are only considering attacks that target civilians and are blatantly against shari’ah.

24th December 2000
Christmas Eve bombings
Al-Qaeda & Jemaah Islamiyah
18 dead, hundreds injured
11th September 2001
9/11 attack
2,996 dead, 6,000+ injured
13th December 2001
Indian Parliament attack
Jaish-e-Mohammad & Lashkar-e-Taiba
7 dead, 12 injured
12th October 2002
Bali bombing
Jemaah Islamiyah
202 dead, 240 injured
05th August 2003
JW Marriott Hotel bombing, Jakarta
Jemaah Islamiyah
12 dead, 150 injured
11th March 2004
Madrid train bombings
191 dead, 1,800 injured
01st September 2004
Beslan hostage crisis
Riyad-us Saliheen Brigade
385+ dead (186 children), 783 injured
09th September 2004
Australian Embassy bombing, Jakarta
Jemaah Islamiyah
9 dead, 150+ injured
05th July 2005
Ram Temple attack, Ayodhya
6 dead, dozens injured
07th July 2005
London bombings
Al-Qaeda affiliates
52 dead, 700 injured
23rd July 2005
Attack on Sharm el-Sheikh
Abdullah Azzam Brigade
88 dead, 150+ injured
01st October 2005
Bali bombing II
Jemaah Islamiyah
20 dead, 100+ injured
29th October 2005
New Delhi bombing
62 dead, 210 injured
09th November 2005
Amman bombings
Al-Qaeda affiliates
60 dead, 115 injured
11th July 2006
Mumbai train bombings
209 dead, 714+ injured
14th August 2007
Qahtaniya bombing
Al-Qaeda in Iraq
796 dead, 1,562 injured
26th July 2008
Ahmedabad bombings
56 dead, 200+ injured
13th September 2008
Series of bombings in New Delhi
Indian Mujahideen
30 dead, 130 injured
26th November 2008
Mumbai attacks
166+ dead, 600+ injured
17th July 2009
JW Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Hotels bombing
Jemaah Islamiyah
2 dead, 53+ injured
18th July 2009
Beledweyne bombing, Somalia
38 dead, dozens injured
29th March 2010
Moscow Metro bombings
Caucasus Emirate
40 dead, 102+ injured
28th May 2010
Attacks on Ahmadi Mosques, Lahore
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
86 dead, 12+ injured
07th December 2010
Varanasi bombing
Indian Mujahideen
2 dead, 37 injured
21st January 2011
Domodedovo International Airport bombing
Caucasus Emirate & Riyad-us Saliheen Brigade
37 dead, 173 injured
25th December 2011
Nigerian church bombings
Boko Haram
41+ dead, 57+ injured
05th January 2012
Baghdad & Nasiriyah bombings
Islamic State of Iraq
73 dead, 149 injured
23rd February 2012
Anti-Shi’ah campaign
Islamic State of Iraq
83 dead, 250+ injured
21st February 2013
Hyderabad blasts
Indian Mujahideen
17 dead, 119 injured
15th April 2013
Boston Marathon bombings
Al-Qaeda affiliates
3 dead, 264 injured
21st September 2013
Westgate shopping mall attack, Nairobi
67 dead, 175 injured
22nd September 2013
Peshawar church attack
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
80-83 killed, 250 injured
29th September 2013
Gujba college massacre, Nigeria
Boko Haram
44 dead
14th February 2013
Borno Massacre, Nigeria
Boko Haram
121 dead
20th May 2014
Jos bombings, Nigeria
Boko Haram
118+ dead, 56+ injured
August 2014
Shu’aytat tribe, Deir ez-Zor Governorate massacre
Islamic State of Iraq
700+ dead
28th November 2014
Kano bombing
Boko Haram
120+ dead, 260 injured
15th December 2014
Sydney hostage crisis
Islamic State affiliate
2 dead, 4 injured
16th December 2014
Peshawar school attack
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan
145 dead (132 children), 114 injured
18th December 2014
Gumsuri kidnappings
Boko Haram
32 killed (185 women & children kidnapped)
18th December 2014
Mass Grave discovered in Easter Syria
Islamic State of Iraq
230 killed
22nd December 2014
Gombe bus station bombing, Nigeria
Boko Haram
20+ killed, dozens injured
22nd December 2014
Al-Anbar massacre of women
Islamic State of Iraq
150 killed, some pregnant

This is not a comprehensive list.  These are some of the same organisations and their affiliates linked or involved in these sorts of attacks over the years: the Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan; Al-Qaeda as the Americans spell it and their regional groups; ISIS in their various incarnations; Laskar e-Taiba, Laskar Jihad, and their various splinter groups; Jemaah Islamiyah as they spell it, Ansar al-Sharia and all their many splinter groups.  The majority of these attacks target women, children, and civilians.  And this does not take into account the human cost and the scale of this tragedy.

They all have one thing in common.  If we go through the list and look at the ideology of these groups and people behind them, they all belong to the Wahhabi sect.  It is about time that somebody said it.  Every single one of these people subscribe, in some form or manner, to the ideology of Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab.  Many of these groups are funded from or through Saudi affiliates.  It is about time that Muslims got together and actually addressed this heresy for what it is - something that is a cancer to the ummah.  These people are radicalised by the same sort of hate, denigration and exceptionalism that eventually leads to the more radical elements amongst them justifying violence.

Where does it begin?  It begins when we have casual reference from ‘moderate’ Wahhabi preachers such as Nouman Ali Khan and Ismail Menk that Muslims who adhere to certain practices are polytheists.  That means, we are not ‘real’ Muslims anymore.  This is takfir on a massive scale.  And then it moves on to more firebrand preachers amongst them who make a career out of denouncing these practices as kufr, and its adherents as non-Muslims.  These include people like Bilal Philips and Wajdi al-Akkari.  They also make a career out of ‘correcting’ the Christians and the Jews, people like Zakir Naik and Yusha Evans, even though their knowledge of the subject is greatly lacking.

And then they take it further, preaching that they must correct the ummah by censoring ‘incorrect’ teachings, closing down mosques that have tombs, removing graves from certain areas, banning women from the mosque, and forcing their narrow interpretation of the religion upon us.  The majority keep silent when they slander our scholars past and present, when they mischaracterise our practices as kufr, when they attack our non-Muslim neighbours, when they insist on following ‘only Qur’an and ahadits’ despite their ignorance of it and abandon the ways of the pious predecessors.

And when they are given authority because the majority are silent or afraid, they have closed down our institutions or subverted them, abandoned our practices in the name of a ‘purer’ Islam, cut at the root of the religion while we were silent.  And when they are given opportunities to wage armed struggle, they have systematically killed our scholars and leaders, murdered families and tribes, destroyed mosques and tombs, burned our books.  And what do the Muslims say?  The naive, the foolish, the ignorant and the cowardly say: “They are still our Muslim brothers and they have said the shahadah.”

There are many ahadits about them, but this is the one that resonates the most.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) stated, “My ummah is destined to differ and be divided.  So a group will rise whose talks will sound very good but their character will be misleading.  They will read the Qur’an but it will not descend below their throats.  They will leave Diyn just as an arrow pierces and goes right through the prey.  They will not return to Islam.  They are the worst of Creation because of their nature and constitution.  They will call the people towards the Qur’an and Diyn whilst in reality, they will have nothing to do with Islam.  Whoever will confront them, he will be the most Beloved servant of Allah.”

Look at these kafirun and know their fruits of injustice, blood and fire.  It is our jihad to confront these heretics, to censure their teachings, to refute their ideology, to condemn their enablers and to fight them spiritually, theologically and politically, first and foremost.  We must fight them until they say, ’Laa ilaha illa Allah’ or until they are defeated.  This is our jihad in these times.

In J. B. Priestley’s, ‘An Inspector Calls’, we find this pertinent quote about social justice and the connectedness of humanity.  The main protagonist, Inspector Goole said this in closing: “One Eva Smith has gone - but there are millions and millions and millions of Eva Smiths and John Smiths still left with us, with their lives, their hopes and fears, their suffering and chance of happiness, all intertwined with our lives, and what we think and say and do.  We don’t live alone.  We are members of one body.  We are responsible for each other.  And I tell you that the time will soon come when, if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish.  Good night.”


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