Wahabi Menace comes to the Cape

Wahabi Menace comes to the Cape

The Wahabi Menace comes to the Cape

Professor Yusuf da Costa

Immediately after Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani left Cape Town, a number of religious leaders “came out of the woodwork” to attack him, and to attack the Naqshbandi Order, and tasawwuf in general. During his stay here, they were strangely quiet and subdued. Not a single one accepted his challenge to debate the issues they disagreed with, and not a single one came to my home to confront him on these issues. They were nowhere to be seen or heard. Now that he is gone, they have all jumped up screaming “shirk”, “cult”, “shaykh worship”, “kufr”, grave worship, etc. Well, the gloves are off!

Who are these “brave” people, and what are the teachings that they have been quietly spreading in the community? Almost all of them had been overseas at universities where the Wahhabi ideology dominates, and they had come back into our community thoroughly soaked in an ideology that undermines Mainstream Islam. Many of them receive cheques from the Saudi Government to spread in our community the beliefs they had been taught. I know this because I had seen the list of names a number of years ago. At the time they were receiving 1,000 dollars per month. Why are they on the payroll of the Saudi Government, and what have they to teach? Why do they not get up in their mosques and tell their congregations about this, and about the instructions under which they are working? And why they are working so secretly if they have nothing to hide? And why do some of them go to the Saudi Embassy in Pretoria so regularly? And why does this Embassy have a religious attaché? Do all embassies have religious attaches? What is the role of this attaché in our religious affairs? Come, tell us!

These religious leaders without shame are the Wahhabis in our community. Wahhabism is the official madh-hab of Saudi Arabia. It is sponsored by them, generated by them, and taught in their institutions and all those institutions in the rest of the world financed by them. Of course, there are those religious leaders for whom all of us have tremendous respect because of their integrity, and the work they are doing in the community. We salute them!

Before I tell you what Wahhabism is, let me give you a brief account of how the Wahhabis took control of Ta’if to give you an idea of the nature of their operations and the blood of Muslims on their hands:

Undoubtedly, one of the worst abominations perpetrated by the Wahhabis under the leadership of Ibn Abd al-Wahhab was the massacre of the people of Taif. They killed everyone in sight, slaughtering child and adult, ruler and ruled, lowly and high-born. They began with a suckling child nursing at his mother’s breast and moved on to a group studying the Qur’an, slaying all of them, down to the last man. When they had wiped out the people in the houses, they went into the streets, the shops and the mosques, killing whoever happened to be there. They even killed people in prayer until they had annihilated every Muslim in Taif and until only some twenty or more people remained…

The Wahhabis cast books into the streets to be blown to and fro, including copies of the Qur’an, volumes of Bukhari, Muslim and other canonical collections of hadith, and books of fiqh, all amounting to thousands. Books remained in the streets for several days, trampled on by the Wahhabis. Not one among them made the slightest attempt to remove even one page of the Qur’an from under foot and preserve it from the ignominy and disrespect of this display. Then they destroyed the houses and made what was once a town into a barren wasteland. This happened in the Hijra Year, 1217 (Jamal Effendi al-Sidqi al-Zahawi, Al-Fajr al-Sadiq).

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