Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Labels within present day Muslims : Salafi, Wahhabi, Sufi., etc etc and etc........
"In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
The Beneficent, the Merciful.
Owner of the Day of Judgement,
Thee (alone) we worship; Thee (alone) we ask for help.
Show us the straight path,
The path of those whom Thou hast favoured. Not (the path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray."
Surah Al Fatihah, 1 : 1-7
Translation of The Noble Qur'an by Marmaduke Pickthal
Islam is universal. For Arabs, Causcasians, Mongoloids, Polynesians, Malays, Indians and Negroids;whites, red, brown, black and yellow....along the 'straight path',it is Allah's mercy that there exist minor variations here and there to contain the great cross cultural and time divides. These are issues of leaves and branches, 'rantings' and twigs.The Big Tree consists of Shahadah, prayer, zakat,fasting and Haj. The main trunk and central doctrine is one and one only," Laila haillallah, Muhammadarasullallah "; there is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is HIS last messenger. The earlier we present day Muslims stop pointing fingers to one another trying and claiming to out best one another, the better it would be for the ummah of Muhammad. Otherwise we will just remain as 'flotsams' pushed aside by the 'waves of time'!!!.
Wahhabi (Arabic : الوهابية, Al-Wahhābīyya) is a Sunni Islamic sect based on the teachings of Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab, an 18th century scholar from what is today known as Saudi Arabia, who advocated purging Islam of what he considered impurities. Wahhabism is the dominant form of Islam in Saudi Arabia.It is often referred to as a "sect" or "branch" of Islam, though its supporters and some opponents reject such appellations. It has developed considerable influence in the Muslim world in part through Saudi funding of mosques, schools and social programs.
The primary Wahhabi doctrine is Tawhid, the uniqueness and unity of God.Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab was influenced by the writings of Ibn Taymiyya and questioned medieval interpretations of Islam, claiming to rely on the Qur'an and the Hadith.He attacked a "perceived moral decline and political weakness" in the Arabian Peninsula and condemned idolatry, the popular cult of saints, and shrine and tomb visitation.