Islam has been hijacked by Wahhabism

A painting of a Wahhabi warrior. From a site where I cannot tell from a quick glance whether they are supporters of it or not.

“Islam is a religion of love. My brother was killed by terrorists, by false Muslims.”

These were the words of Malek Merabet, the brother of the police officer shot in the Charlie Hebdo attack. He is right. But his point raises another question that doesn’t get the attention it deserves:

How did Islam come to the point where charismatic firebrands like Djamel Beghal — who radicalized two of the Paris terrorists — are seen as authoritative by the vulnerable?

What happened to Islam?…

…Wahhabi military campaigns waged war against moderate Muslims, demolishing Islamic shrines and slaughtering entire villages of Muslims who did not subscribe to extremism. This same extreme ideology is behind the current destruction of shrines and mosques and the continuing violence against minority and mainstream Muslims all over the world, such as the Shiites in Pakistan.

Wahhabism would have remained a footnote in history as a puritanical cult movement even after it was adopted as the official state religion were it not for a single factor — the discovery of oil. The flood of petrodollars meant the Saudis could invest in institutions that create extreme and conservative religious leaders who, in turn, helped maintain the Saudi royal family’s position of power.

Although Wahhabism itself does not advocate violence, it does emphasize anti-Semitism, misogyny, interacting with non-Muslims only in cases of necessity and excommunicating any Muslims who do not subscribe to its deeply conservative and culturally isolationist ideology. It thus lays the intellectual foundations for jihadism, a rogue offshoot of Wahhabism, which encourages the terrorism we see on our TV screens…

Wahhabism is highly unpleasant without a doubt, but where did it come from? It was another “purifying,” back-to-the-basics turn in history of Islam.

I have even seen it compared to the Protestant Reformation. And while the Catholics and Protestants certainly did fight with each other, from the viewpoint of the 21st century, the differences seem much less than they did at the time.  A lot of fighting was territorial, as the Catholic Church did not wish to lose its position. 

The Protestant Reformation did not lead to anything resembling Wahhabism, because the reformers did not find such material in the Bible.  The most radical of the reformers did carry on about some of the same things — images, shrines, pilgrimages, even music.  But they could not carry the bulk of population with them on such issues at music, and the more radical ideas fell away.   

  • BillyHW

    Wahhabism is true desert camel-fucking Islam straight from the “prophet” Mo. To the extent that any other version of islam seemed civilized by comparison, it was just the pre-Islamic humanity of those people still shining through as a legacy. Eventually though Islam would wipe all of that away.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      And Islamic history has to portray the pre-Islamic Arabs as a bunch of daughter-burying* savages in order to make Mo-mo look good in comparison.

  • luna

    Islam has been hijacked by Islam.

    • Frau Katze

      That’s what he seems to be saying!

    • occupant 9

      Should Islam ever get “hijacked,” it will become very, very peaceful, beating swords into ploughshares and all that. Until that fantasy ending manifests, lock and load.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir


      How can a ‘Religion of Peace’ produce so much intolerance and violence, unless it actually preaches intolerance and violence.

      Again, it’s like saying that a bread recipe doesn’t contain yeast, despite the fact that it consistently, ahem, ‘rises up’.

      • disqus_1VhMJcA5Yv

        It has nothing to do with the read of Life the Lamb of God).

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    ‘Wahhabism would have remained a footnote in history as a puritanical cult movement even after it was adopted as the official state religion were it not for a single factor — the discovery of oil.’

    And for the Wahabbis/Saudis, their vast oil wealth is proof that theirs is the proper form of Islam.
    Why would Allah allow heretics to have vast wealth and build mosques across the globe?

    Wahabbis = real Muslims

    • American and British oil companies did the world a disservice when they accepted to hand over their oil fields in Arabia to the Arabians. After all, their discovery and the technology for their exploitation were due to Western knowhow and markets – the Arabs were just camel herders in the surrounding desert.

      • Exile1981

        It’s not like they had a lot of choice in the matter. In a lot of those countries they made a deal with the devil because our own politicians would not green light oil production in NA.

  • Brett_McS

    Take away the objectionable and vicious parts of Islam and there isn’t much left; just a pale and imperfect copy of Judaism and Christianity.

  • disqus_1VhMJcA5Yv

    who wrote this nonsense; islam rises right out of the pit of hell…. 1 John 2:22.. it has nada to do with Love ….It is anathema to it.. God is love…. John 3:16…. islam is a cult of lies and counterfeit supported by fear , murder, ..without which at core it is a body without bones…it cannot stand… it will fall TOTALLY at the Lambs return.

  • Frau Katze: “A lot of fighting was territorial, as the Catholic Church did not wish to lose its position.” Yes, and also in the Thirty Years War a lot of the fighting was really between German princes jockeying for political position – their adoption of Protestantism or loyalty to Catholicism being merely the means to that end.

    Similarly, no doubt beneath the surface of Islamism there is a great deal of personal and group ambition, and greed for sex, material loot, etc., religion being only the surface appearance of motivation.

    • Frau Katze

      No doubt. Look at how the groups like al Qaeda and ISIS won’t join forces. (Lucky for us that they’re competing with each other).

  • Barrington Minge

    Wahhabi? Thought that was something you had with sushi?

  • MRHapla

    so,,,,,,,,,there are good bacteria,,,,and bad bacteria,,,,,,

  • MRHapla

    Islam: the Murder Blood Cult, has a Murderier Bloodier sub-Cult. How bloody ironic.