I’ve clipped this short clip of Dr Yasir Qadhi, a trained Islamic theologian, answering the question on whether Wahhabism is responsible for terrorism. Previously I showcased a clip of Chris Hedges answering this question to a similar tune but seen as Dr Yasir Qadhi specialises in theology it should be more than sufficient to make those motivated by sectarian reasons amongst us Muslims to be more balanced and academic…rather than ignorantly blaming Wahhabis for terrorism. Think deeper.
Dr Yasir Qadhi does not think ISIS is directly caused by Wahhabism.
Here are some take home points from Dr Yasir Qadhi on this:
Wahhabism is a strand of Sunni Islam. Wahhabism/Salafism is predominant in Saudi Arabia and Qatar – it’s becoming more and more popular in Egypt too.
Groups such as Al Qaeda mainly owe their genesis to radical breakaway movements of the Muslim Brotherhood. The militantism and terrorism of ISIS does not come from Salafism/Wahhabism. Most Salafis are aplolitcal. As a comparison, Dr Yasir Qadhi tries to make easier for the Western audience to understand by saying they are somewhat similar to the Amish and the Orthodox Jews in their desire to live pure lives. They are an innocent and innocuous group within broader society – they just want to live their own lives.
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