FORCE AND FANATICISM: WAHHABISM IN SAUDI ARABIA AND BEYOND

FORCE AND FANATICISM: WAHHABISM IN SAUDI ARABIA AND BEYOND

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November 1, 2016

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Is “Wahhabism” a complete distortion of Islam?

 

 

 

This position appears to be based on the author’s own cultural presuppositions.  Thus he “felt confused and puzzled” to hear of Wahhabi intolerance, including the “attempt to propagate their beliefs by force,” prompting him to wonder:

Can you force someone to love God?….  In all the conversations I had with ulema, imams, Mutawa [religious police] and Saudis generally there was never a mention of “love,” the idea that God loved me, just frightful talk of hell, burning and future pain if I did not believe and accept the Wahhabi faith.”

Had Valentine engaged in a critical reading of Islamic doctrine and history—as opposed to projecting his Christian notion of God onto Islam—he would’ve known that Muhammad, followed by countless caliphs and sultans throughout the centuries, did “propagate their beliefs by force” (the overwhelming majority of today’s Muslim world was taken from non-Muslims “by force”) and that although Islam attributes 99 characteristics to God, “love” is not one of them.

Valentine’s readers would’ve benefit much more had he simply laid out his useful information concerning the inner workings of the Saudi regime and its unholy alliance with the West, without trying to tackle the deeper question of what Islam really is—leading to yet another book marred by Islamic apologetics.

 

 

Original article courtesy of Front Page Magazine.

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