A text that examines fundamental Wahhabi beliefs in comparison to those of the AhlusSunnah and the Shia. Topics discussed within include a summarized account of the life of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, one of the prominent figures of this movement, and some of the major ideological issues in which Wahhabis deviate from mainstream Muslims (like Tawassul, Ziyarah, Ta’wil of the Qur’an, etc.).
Muhammad Hussain Ibrahimi
The distinctive features of this book
This book examines Wahhabi beliefs in the light of the beliefs of the Ahl as-Sunnah and the Shia.1 It endeavors to discuss their main ideological issues. The quotations in this book are cited from books published in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina such as the following:
1. Fath al-Majid written by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, one of the prominent figures of this movement, with a commentary by Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahman ibn al-Hasan al ash-Shaykh and footnotes by ‘Abd Allah ibn Baz.
2. Al-As’ilah wal-Ajwibah al-Usuliyyah written by ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Muhammad Sultan.
3. At-Tawhid bi’l-Lughah al-Farisiyyah (No. 27) published by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Endowments in 1374 AHS (circa 1995) and distributed freely to Iranian pilgrims.
In addition to these references, other sources written by Sunni and Shi`ah Imami ‘ulama’ in general, and Wahhabis in particular, are cited in the footnotes.
This book contains an examination of the views and outlook of the Wahhabis regarding the Shia and the infallible Imams (‘a).2 Be that as it may, it does not mean that intellectually, ideologically, and even politically and socially, the Wahhabis have no clash with the Ahl as-Sunnah. In this book, we will also deal with this point.