You may have been challenged to define the term Wahhabi only to hear the response from the questioner that the Wahhabiyyah do not exist, and is just some “mythological bogeyman invented in the imagination of paranoid Sufis”, or even invented by the Kuffar to “divide the Muslims”, or you may even hear the response that somehow and you are sinful because you are “distorting the name of Allah” by giving the name Wahhabi to a misguided group of Muslims.
It is most unfortunate at this moment of discussion, that your generous effort of giving the enquirer the charity of explanation with a sensible answer only gets washed down the drain as you realize that the debater already had his conclusion in mind, and was not asking the question to seek knowledge, but rather waste your precious time dictating to you with his endless argumentation. In such a conversation there is no point in continuing with the poor soul, as he has an earful of hard concrete wax and a mouth full of hot lava. He is not going to listen, bit will only continue speaking down to you like he is your teacher, and he do nothing but argue until he feels that you have submitted to his false-hood
“Deaf dumb and blind they will not return”
“Whether you warn them or not“
“Allah has set a seal on their hearts“
We can only hope that we are speaking to people of sincere research and people that are in true disparity over the issues of who is who? I only write this article for those who intend of finding the successful group, i.e. the Ahl us-sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah, and I do not really have no time for the many false-hoods that the distorters of truth have to bring forth. Thus I have compiled this article for a special readership, a readership that I have prayed to Allah to bless them with the sight, intellect to be able to heed this advice and know what a Wahhabi is and the many dangers that the false ideology of Wahhabism poses not only to Muslims, but the rest of humanity.
Let us now proceed to answer this all important question: What is a Wahhabi? What is Wahhabism?
In simple terms, a Wahhabi is defined as one who follows the creed of methodology of its’ founder, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab. This defintition is not only accepted by most Muslims worldwide, but is also a documented fact in the many books of Western Academia. For example the Encyclopedia Britanica does well to inform us that:
Simply put, a Wahhabi is anybody who follows the movement and life mission of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab, by supporting his doctrine in any form or fashion.Wahhabis, however, object to being called Wahhabis under the pretext that al-Wahhab is one of many of Allah’s most beautiful Attributes and that such a beautiful term should not be used as a label. This argument proves to be fallacious due to the fact that there have been numerous sects named after their leaders who also possessed one of Allah’s Attributes as a name. For example al-Karaam is one of Allah’s beautiful Attribiutes, but then we have the Karaamiyah who were named after their leader Muhammad Bin Karaam. [see footnote 2] Deviant groups were also named after something they may have denied from the creed. For example the Qadriyah were named so because they denied al-Qadr, destiny and fate the good and bad from it. Yet its derivative al-Qaadir is also one of Allah’s many attributes.
What about the Jabbariyyah? The Jabbariyyah are a sect that denies that man has any free will and alleges that Allah forced His creation to do actions. The Jabbariyyah have been mentioned by numerous scholars, even Wahhabi Shaykhs such as Shaykh Ibn Jibreen, Shaykh Uthaymeen and others in the ‘Aqeedah texts, yet, al-Jabbar is one of Allah’s names!!! Whats the difference between using the term Wahhabiyyah to describe a sect and Jabarriyah? Do do Wahhabis like Shaykh Yusuf Estes and the younger, Abu Musab suggest one is a sin, but not the other? Such double standards cannot be easily swept under-neath the rug. Please carefully consider the following:
Allah’s name: Al-Jabbar - The name of the sect al-Jabbariyyah – the active participle for one who follows the sect Jabbari
Allah’s name Al-Wahhab - The name of the sect al-Wahhabiyyah – the active participle for one who follows the sect Wahhabi
You will notice that both names and their derivatives are on the same templates. why then -according to such Wahhabi scholars that argue it is haraam to say Wahhabi – would one be a sin and not the other? We can only conclude that their fatawaa is another crazy quack from the Sa’udi Fatawaa factory.
Are they so blind to their own texts? Even the Wahhabi Shaykh Abdul Azeez Abdullah Bin Baz uses the term Wahhabi to refer to his own group:
“The Wahhabiyyah are not new in rejecting all such innovations. Their creed is to hold fast to the book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger sal Allahu alayhi wasallam, and to follow his footsteps, and those of his rightly guided successors…The Wahhabiyyah believe in them, the way they reported without any alteration. The creed of the Wahhabiyyah is based upon fulfilment of witnessing that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and completely abandoning all innovations. This is the foundation of the Sa’udi regeime and this is the view held by the scholars of Sa’udi Arabia. The hard attitude shown by the Sa’udi government is directed only against the superstitions and innovations in contradiction with Islam”
Plus see the Arabic book for this online, its clearly there!!
… وليست الوهابية حسب تعبير الكاتب بدعاً في إنكار مثل هذه الأمور البدعية، بل عقيدة الوهابية: هي التمسك بكتاب الله وسنة رسوله صلى الله عليه وسلم
pgs. 12-13, Indispensable Implication of the Sunnah and Caution Against Innovation by Abdul Azeez Abdullah Bin Baz, printed by Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Sa’udi publication no. 385
It then amazes me to find the Wahhabi crying out loud “haraam” whenever you describe their deviant sect as Wahhabis, or al-Wahhabiyah. They complain that this is a derogatory word intended for insult, and “your playing with Allah’s name, fear Allah” but this is simply not the case.
In Islam, any group whether praiseworthy or blameworthy are named after their founders, or their unique quality, or an action they do or have done, or even something from the creed they have denied. Therefore, it cannot be deemed a personal insult, derogatory statement, an ad-hominem to use the term Wahhabi for the followers of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab.
Furthermore, to hammer this point home, the very first people to use the term Wahhabi were in-fact that scholars that lived in his time and in the time of his son. Those who witnessed first hand the Wahhabi invasions and refute refutations upon the Wahhabiyyah
NO WE ARE SALAFIS! [they say]
Wahhabis insist to be called Salafis in claim that they only follow the first three generations, however the scholars of the Ahl us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah have many times laid this claim to rest by proving that they vie against the Salaf in many areas, therefore, it is a crime against the truth of Islam to title them as Salalfis. This is especially given the fact that they only take from Sa’udi approved scholars, and very rarely quote from any scholar that predates Imaam Ibn Taymiyah.
For this reason we call them Wahhabis as opposed to the pure claim that they are Salafis, i.e. people who follow the first three generations. Moreover, since the time of the Salaf, i.e. the first three generations up until the Sa’udi invasions on the Hijaaz, no scholar from the Ahl us-Sunnah [or any other sect for that matter] coined themselves with the title as-Salafi [the Salafi]. This is a new and strange practice which has appeared after Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab.
Infact, what we do find is that the scholars of Muslim orthodoxy in most cases titled themselves after the name of the founder of a specific madh-hab. For example Imaam Rajab al-Hanbali called himself such to identify himself with the madh-hab of Imaam Ahmad Bin Hanbal. Nobody ever censured this practice, moreover Imaam Ibn Rajab al Hanbali even wrote a book entitled ar-Radd ‘alaa man itabi’ ghayr ul-Madh-haahib ul-Arba’ah, i.e. The Refutation to those whom follow other than the Four Madh-habs.
With this said a question should come to mind! Why do Wahhabi’s insist they are called Salafis? As seen from many “Salafi” publications, they deem the orthodox tradition of following one of the four madh-habs as blind following [taqleed] and some even imply that following a madh-hab is shirk. Never the less, they deem the following of a specific madh-hab as bid’ah, i.e. innovation and upon this premise claim that they do not follow the four Imaam’s or any other scholar but they strictly follow the Salaf. i.e. the first three generations, however this claim is bogus, as the four Imaams are from the first three generations and so is the methodology they used to derive rulings from the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Thus, it is correct that we call the blind followers of Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab the Wahhabis, after their true founder, and reviver of the end of times Khawaarij.