Taliban Now In Sri Lanka: Interpol Confirms
Posted on June 15th, 2014

Courtesy The Asian Mirror

Interpol has warned local intelligence agencies that the Taliban is operating within Sri Lanka.

Interpol, which is now in touch with Sri Lankan authorities on this matter, is of the belief that the international terrorist organization is using Sri Lanka as an easy transit point to Middle East and other Asian countries.

Intelligence services also believe that some Taliban members have entered the country using forged documents.

Taliban Now In Sri Lanka: Interpol Confirms

They are also believed to be engaged in smuggling and other illegal activities with the cooperation of locals in Colombo and Kattankudy areas.

Taliban is an Islamic fundamentalist military organization which was formed in Afghanistan and later spread its wings to Pakistan and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, speaking to media last month, Terrorism Research Expert Dr. Rohan Gunaratna reiterated that overseas Islamist terror cells are operating in Lanka posing a severe threat to Sri Lanka’s national security.

Commenting on the arrest of Lankan Islamist terror suspect Mohammed Zakir Hussain in Chennai, India, Dr. Gunaratna said Hussain’s associates were still active, jeopardizing the security of entire region that includes Sri Lanka, India and the Maldives.

13 Responses to “Taliban Now In Sri Lanka: Interpol Confirms”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    I said so!

    Not only in the east, Taliban, Al Qaeda and other SUNNI terrorist groups are in Aluthgama and Beruwela too.

    It is well known.

    As COLOMBO PORT becomes a MAIN transhipment hub and as HAMPANTOTA will become a MAIN shipping transit point Taliban and AQ activity will INCREASE.

    Another reason is WESTERN tourists. As BALI, these terrorists see SL as a SOFT TARGET to attack civilian westerners in their foolish retaliatory attacks against western civilians.

  2. Nanda Says:

    Do we need a puppet to run the country, just because he happened to be a ‘seasoned politician” who earns votes ?

  3. Sirih Says:

    We have a new issue cropped up recently and intelligence agencies are quite disturbed by the new event..
    Hardcore Drugs and expired Pharmaceutical items are using bonded warehouses and this bypass local police and tax laws.

  4. Lorenzo Says:


    That is probably linked to Taliban and AQ. Apart from the House of Saud the BIGGEST financier of Taliban and AQ is narcotics. A year ago Afghanistan had a BUMPER HARVEST of it!! Now we see its impact in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc.

    SL is definitely in their RADAR. SL is a safe haven for them. The PUSH factor is in. With Aluthgama type AQ terror, the PULL factor is also in.

    This is going to be a DIFFERENT battle. USING this battle, LTTE groups may regroup.

  5. Lorenzo Says:

    Latest from Aluthgama.

    At least 4 people dead. At least 15 injured. At least 10 shops burnt. A number of houses burnt. At least 1 mosque attacked. At least 1 Buddhist temple attacked.

    This is BAD.

    AQ aligned Sunni groups were given a FREE HAND to kill inside mosques (2009) and attack others and NO PUNISHMENT. Justice ministry and its controlled entities are NOT impartial. This is what triggered the UGLY thing.

    At least now implement the LAW for ALL equally.

    Change the Justice Minister NOW. People have NO faith in him. A Muslim is OK but not Hackhim. How many more riots the govt. wants to change him?

  6. Nanda Says:

    “At least now implement the LAW for ALL equally.
    Change the Justice Minister NOW. People have NO faith in him. A Muslim is OK but not Hackhim.”

    This is exactly what Champaka said in Paris.
    You don’t need to give up Nibbana (idea) to do this. It is not the “giving up of desires” that appointed HackHim. It is excessive greed and desire that appointed HackHim. How good is the idea of “giving up desires” to serve your country.

  7. Nanda Says:

    Lankapage has become anti-Sinhala Buddhist. It is calling BBS extremists on daily basis.
    I am so grateful to LankaWeb, only truly independent website.

    This is the last chance for MR to fall into middle path, give up desires and work for the country. Otherwise 26000 lives wasted.

  8. ranjit Says:

    Dear Mr.President, No need to show the world that our country is safe and a heaven when all communities fight each other and creating unneccessary scenes in the country. All our peoples have forgotten what we went thru for 30 years. We were in hell.We saw only the dead bodies on the road but our shameless politicians fighting each other for power and trying to bring misery again to our beloved Motherland. Wakeup Motherlanka and be alert.Do not allow terrorist and smugglers to invade our country. What is Gota doing? Uselss beautifying the cities if we do not have security. Tight the security around the country in ports and in Airports and tell our Forces to be vigilant than before.Stop all the bad guys coming from Pakistan and Middle East countries.

    The world’s No# 1 terrorist countries are America,Saudi Arabia,England and the west. They make rules for other countries. They divide innocent small countries like ours. They rob small countries and poison the leaders who are against them. We have to be united not divided to fight these criminals. Our UNP & JVP Traitors are against the Rajapaksas from the day one.Our country is not belongs to a person but to all Sri Lankans therefore they must stop all nonsence and unitedly fight all our enemies outside and inside.

    See Japan after the world war 2 they become a super power why cant we be like that. Our Traitors have forgotten what we went thru.Really I am very sad when I think of my Motherland. I am angry with all politicians. They are power hungry Hynas destroying our beautiful country instead of uniting and living happily ever after they want to kill each other and destroy the freedom we got after sacrificing thousands of our gallant heros. What a shame.

  9. Lorenzo Says:

    Taliban terror attacks have spread to Mawanella and Badulla too.

    Govt. MUST STOP this JIHAD madness right now. This is getting out of hand.

    They want to convert SL into another BARBARIC SHARIA IRAQ. People eat other people there and execute 1,700 Iraqi SHIA soldiers in one go. Such barbarians!

    STF has been called into inspect Dharga Town mosque. Hardcore AQ terrorists and their weapons might be hidden there. Fishing boats going from Beruwela to ARABIAN SEA are PERFECT weapons and drug transport systems. STF should BUST this terror racket.

    Colombo Telegraph shows photos of burnt SINHALA shops as Muslim shops!!

    Hack-him has threatened to bring down the govt.! I’m laughing. Who is he to bring down the govt.? Govt. can bring him down.

  10. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    One of the strongest aspects of Sri Lanka is that she is an island nation. Unlike most nations of the world Sri Lanka shares no borders with any other nation. Her maritime claim is many times the size of her land. Sri Lanka is literally isolated by oceans of water. That gives Sri Lanka an upper hand in who enters the nation and what they are doing once they are in the nation.

    Look at island nations across the world and one can see power. From Great Britain that is isolated from the turmoils of the European continent to Japan that rose to dominate Asia during world war 2 to Australia the island/continent/nation who has evaded the continuous onslaught of Sri Lankan refugees, to Taiwan that has defied Beijing’s claim upon her Sri Lanka needs to exercise the unique aspect of her relative geographic isolation to ward off problems faced by nations whose borders are only defined by lines on a map.

  11. jayasiri Says:

    This is very serious, worse than LTTE & Tamil disapora. Middle East & other MUSLIM groups have infiltrtaed Sri Lanka IN MANY WAYS, but our leaders want to keep everything quiet, UNDER THE DISGUISE OF RELEGIOUS HARMONY. HOW can Sinhales Budhists & other Lanka lovers be QUIET, when the country has to FIGHT in so many fronts.

    Irrespective of Suni or any other faction of Muslim comunities,THEY should NOT bring their problems to our land. THIS is a PREDOMINANTLY a Sinhalese BUDDHIST country. But if they continue to harass Sinhaless Buddhists & other Sri Lankan,s THERE IS NO DOUBT VIOLENCE will take hold.

    Appeasing MID EAST & MULIMS cannot be a one sided issue, Sri Lanka must maintain its RELIGION & the majority race, without harassments & SUPERIORITY COMPKEX of some of the MINORITIES in our MOTHERLAND. Our people MUST impres s upon Lankan leadership that MALDIVES & other MULIM COUNTRIES cannot take advantage of our HOSPITALITY. WE must stop DRUG trade & other illegal activities BROUGHT by different groups as Sri Lanka has been a HEAVEN for them. Like the Tamils realize NOW, LANKA is a PARADISE, after looking at INDIA & their pathetic lives they live.

    KEEP LANKA out of reach from DRUG PUSHERS & any terrorists,as we had enough of TERRORISM for 30+ years from LTTE….J

  12. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    In Saudi Arabia there is no Church, Synagogue, Buddhist nor Hindu Temple is allowed. Wahhabism (pseudo Salafism) is NOT a religion of tolerance. Wahhabism provides the fundamental base for Jihadism.
    It is not Iran that should be bombed. In Iran there are still Jews living there and praying in their Synagogues.
    Muammar al-Gaddafi respected Christian and Jewish religions and their Churches, Synagogues in Libya but American, English, French, Saudi and Qatari financed terrorists destroyed Churches, Synagogues recently.
    Buddhist Temples have survived in Islamic countries for centuries, but they could not survive under the Wahhabism.
    Washington and London are protecting Wahhabi extremists. In Syria Christians and their Churches were safe before the Westerners began sending their Wahhabi fanatics to kill innocent Syrian civilians.
    In Bosnia and Kosovo, under the guise of “reconstruction aid”, Saudi Arabia, Kuwaiti, and other Wahhabi organizations have demolished and removed major Islamic monuments (survived attacks by Serb and Croat militias) which were created by Muslims with an Islamic culture and tradition stretching back to 14th century long before Ibn Abd al-Wahhab made his 18th century alliance with the warlord Ibn Saud who founded the House of Saud.
    The Wahhabis, and the British, supported the warlord Ibn Saud and legitimized the Saudi dynasty and its struggle against the Turkey. When the House of Saud took control of the Holy Places in Arabia from the Turkey with British support they destroyed 15 centuries of Islamic heritage, including the desecration of the tombs of the wives and companions of the Holy Prophet, in the iconoclastic imposition of Wahhabism. The iconoclastic Wahhabi House of Saud turned the site of the apartments of the Prophet’s wives into a parking lot.
    The Wahhabi-backed House of Saud took full control of the Hijaz, Mecca and Medina, in 1924 and established the modern state of Saudi Arabia, with Wahhabism as its official religion. Since then the House of Saud has promoted Wahhabism as normative Islam throughout the Islamic world. The House of Saud was consolidated on massive oil wealth and have spent huge sums of money building Wahhabi mosques, publishing Wahhabi literature and funding Wahhabi organizations world-wide. Today, with Wahhabi control of the Holy Places intact, virtually every aspect and corner of modern Islam has been penetrated by Wahhabi influence through the agency of the House of Saud.
    Through the control of the Hajj – the beating heart of Islam – and through their vigorous publication and propaganda means, almost all the Muslims are infected with Wahhabism to some extent.
    Present Zionist and Wahhabi doctrines foresee the fall of Iran, Belarus, and, ultimately Russia and China, after the fall of Damascus, to the combined forces of NATO and the Saudi- and Qatari-backed Wahhabis, who make up a large portion of the anti Syrian movement.
    Wahhabism in Srilanka is headquartered in Kattankudi is a new politico-religious movement that is sweeping the Eastern province of Sri Lanka with more than sixty Muslim Wahhabi organizations helping in propagating the movement throughout Sri Lanka and has raced ahead and taken control of the Jihadist and Al Fatah groups in Sri Lanka under their wings. Wahhabism is imported and planted in the midst of peace-loving Muslims in Sri Lanka, mostly through the lavish inflow of Saudi money pumped into Sri Lanka has overtaken other Islamic organizations by threats, intimidation and coercion.
    Remember Colonel Lateef was gun down by the prominent Wahhabi militant `Police` Faiz in Oddamavadi. CIA introduced Wahhabism in Sri Lanka through Saudi Arabia as a means of countering the growing support for Iran and Sufism among the Sri Lankan Muslims since CIA had calculated that Wahhabism would be an effective rival theology to prevent the spread of Iranian influence in Sri Lanka. Saudi agents have successfully penetrated the Eastern province Muslims social fabric and have managed to defeat the Sufism in their game.
    Clashes between Sufis and Wahhabi Muslims in Kattankudi and in Oddamavadi occurred on a regular basis due to the conflict of beliefs between both religious theologies. In October 2004 similar clashes occurred in Kattankudi and more than 200 homes of Sufi followers were burnt down by Wahhabi Jihadists.
    One of the Sufi leader Abdul Payilvan died in Colombo was buried at in Kattankudi the next day. Wahhabi Muslims observed a hartal and demanded the removal of the body from the burial grounds. Wahhabi Muslims claim Kattankudy soil is sacred and bodies belonging to those who preach views contradictory to Wahhabism should not be buried there. Wahhabis demanded that the body of Abdul Payilvan, who is from Maruthamunai in the Ampara district, should be exhumed and buried elsewhere.
    Wahhabis had dug up the buried body of another Sufi Muslim from Mosque burial grounds and dumped the body on a local road as an act of protest. Kattankudi Police recovered the body, re-buried it in the original burial ground and guarded burial ground for few days.
    In Kattankudi, the hatred between Wahhabis and Sufis has widened in the last few years and has grown in intensity, left many injured, and caused damage to several houses and vehicles.
    Today the Wahhabis have prevailed over the Sufis and this was due to the training afforded by the House of Saud.
    Mustapah Abdul Rehaman and Falul Haque – both are Faculty of Engineering of Peradeniya University educated – manage the Wahhabi militarism in the Eastern Province. Falul Haque sent several Wahhabis from Eastern Province for military training in Qatar. Abdul Rehaman works with Wahhabi agents in UK and Bangladesh.

    “Christians and Jews are the sorcerers who believe in devil worship. The only way to deal with sorcerers is to put them to the sword”.
    – Book of Tawhid” written in the 18th century by Founder of Wahhabism – Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab

    Founder of Wahhabism – Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab – was born in 1703 in the village of Uyaynah, in the central Arabian region of Najd. As a young man Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab studied with his father who was a religious judge. Even at a young age MuhammadIibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab showed extremist religious tendencies.
    In Mecca, the Hanbali mufti, Ibn Humaydi, perceived Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab to be a poor student, and arrogant and defiant with his teachers, which upset his father. Consequently, Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab was expelled
    In Medina, he studied under Muhammad Hayyat Al-Sindhi, who taught Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab to reject the popular veneration of saints and their tombs. He believed that the period during Prophet Mohammed’s time spent in Medina was an ideal Arabic society. He declared war on Shiism, Sufism and Greek philosophy. He even spoke out against visiting the grave of the prophet and celebration of his birthday, declaring that it was imitation of Christmas. He believed that the quality and morality of the Arabs was in decline, so he advocated jihad against Arabic unbelievers as the means for protecting the purity of faith. These ideas had a dramatic influence on Abdul Wahhab, who upon the completion of his studies in Medina traveled to Basra in southern Iraq. His reformist ideas were formulated while living in Basra. He then went to Baghdad, where he married a wealthy bride and settled down for 5 years. He came to the conclusion that Islam practiced throughout the Ottoman Empire and Persia was corrupted by outside influences. For Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab who grew up in the desert of Najd, seeing the extravagance and riches of Ottoman and Persian elite was shocking.
    This was a period of great changes in the Islamic world. The Ottoman Empire has ruled Arabs for centuries. They also expanded their influence deep into the Europe. But that expansion came to an end at the Battle of Vienna in September of 1683 where the combined armies of Germany, Austria, Poland and their allies drove back the besieging Ottoman Army. It marked the turning point in a 250-year struggle between the forces of Christian Europe and the Muslim Ottoman Empire.
    Over the 16 years following the battle, the Ottoman Army would be permanently driven south of the Danube River never to threaten central Europe again. British and Dutch armadas regularly sailed unimpeded into the Persian Gulf. The Islamic world that was led by the Ottoman Empire was in retreat losing ground to Europe.
    Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab attributed the rising power of Europe to the moral degradation of the Ottoman Empire. He felt the main reason for that was the way Islam was practiced and the insufficient devotion to its main tenets. He believed that even though during their earlier conquests the Islamic world has defeated many civilizations, in the process they absorbed many religious practices of the conquered cultures. His main message was oneness of God that was opposite to polytheism, defined as an act of associating any person or any object with powers that should be attributed only to God. He sought to restore the puritanical version of Islam of the Prophet Mohammed and early caliphs. In addition Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab and his followers, who were Arabs, resented the domination of the Ottomans who were Turks.
    After his return Uyayna in 1740, Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab launched a campaign of purification and renewal. His goal was to bring back the purity that Islam enjoyed during the time of the Prophet. One of the main tenets of his doctrine has become an idea of Takfir. Under the Takfir, fellow Arabs could be deemed infidels, if they engaged in religious activities that were different from those propagated by Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab and his followers.
    The following practices were forbidden:
    • Prayers to God by honors to any individual other then God, despite their acceptance by all the previous generations of Arabs, including the Prophet himself
    • Pilgrimage and prayers at burial sites of the Saints Tradition of visiting the tomb of Mohammed in Medina, while making pilgrimage to Mecca
    • Inscription of the Prophet Mohammed’s name on any building or a mosque
    • Building shrines
    Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab denounced all Muslims who would not share his views as polytheists who should be killed, their wives and daughters violated and their possessions confiscated. That list included Shiias, Sufis and other Muslim denominations whom he did not even consider to be Muslims.
    Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab began to attract followers, including the ruler of ‘Uyayna – Ibn Mu’ammar. With Ibn Mu’ammar’s support, Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab began to implement some of his ideas for reform. First, citing Islamic teachings forbidding grave worship, he persuaded Ibn Mu’ammar to level the grave of Zayd ibn al-Khattab, a companion of Muhammad, whose grave was revered by locals. Secondly, he ordered that all adulterors be stoned to death, a practice that had become uncommon in the area. Indeed, he personally organised the stoning of a woman who confessed that she had committed adultery.
    These actions gained the attention of Sulaiman ibn Muhammad ibn Ghurayr of the tribe of Bani Khalid, the chief of Al-Hasa and Qatif, who held substantial influence in Najd. Ibn Ghurayr threatened Ibn Mu’ammar that he would not allow him to collect a land tax for some properties that he owned in Al-Hasa if he did not kill Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab. Although Ibn Mu’ammar declined to do so, Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab was still forced to leave. He was expelled from his own town and in 1741 after some wandering around he found a refuge in the village of Dariyah, not too far from present day Riyadh. There the local tribal chief ruler Ibn Saud welcomed him and offered him a refuge.
    When they first met, Ibn Saud declared:
    “This oasis is yours, do not fear your enemies. By the name of God, if all Nejd was summoned to throw you out, we will never agree to expel you.”
    Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab replied, “You are the settlement’s chief and wise man. I want you to grant me an oath that you will perform jihad (holy war) against the unbelievers. In return you will be imam, leader of the Muslim community and I will be leader in religious matters”.
    Ibn Saud and Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab concluded an agreement that, together, they would bring the Arabs of the peninsula back to the “true” principles of Islam as they saw it. The agreement was confirmed with an oath in 1744. This agreement became a “mutual support pact” and power-sharing arrangement between the Al Saud and the Al ash-Sheikh, which has remained in place for nearly 300 years, providing the ideological impetus to Saudi expansion.
    Two of them made a power sharing deal: Ibn Saud would protect Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab and help him spread his ideology while Wahhab would legitimize Saud’s ambition to rule over neighboring Bedouin tribes, by force if necessary.
    The two sides legitimized their pact by Ibn Saud marrying the daughter of Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab. The agreement also stipulated that power would be shared exclusively by their descendants, thus establishing a dynasty. Interestingly enough Prophet Mohammed never forced his descendants to be the successors of his power.
    Ibn Saud’s clan now could do what they always did, which was raiding the neighboring villages and robbing them of their possessions, but now they were doing it under the pretext of Jihad. Ibn Saud and Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab also reintroduced the idea of martyrdom in the name of Jihad, as it granted the immediate entry into paradise, which is described in the Quran as gardens with rivers of water, milk and honey and filled with dark eyed virgins. That idea won them a great number of followers amongst the local populations.
    Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab imagined himself as a new Prophet who would replace the Ottoman Caliph as the sole theological authority within Islamic ummah, while Ibn Saud imagined himself as a ruler of the entire Arab tribes and beyond. (That fusion of the religious and political power rules in Saudi Arabia to this day). The idea of condemning the enemies as non-believers who had no right to live and need to be conquered set the stage for successful campaign of Wahhabization on the Arabian Peninsula.
    In the beginning they conquered a few local settlements and imposed their rule over them. The unfortunate polytheists had a very limited choice, conversion or death. In 1765 Ibn Saud died and his son Abdul Aziz took over the leadership retaining the association with Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab. By 1790 they reached as far as the coast of the Persian Gulf. By that time the alliance controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula and repeatedly raided Medina, Syria and Iraq.
    Their strategy was to bring the peoples they conquered into the submission. In 1801 Wahhabies attacked the Shiite Holy City of Karbala in Iraq. They massacred thousands of Shiites, including women and children who did not meet the Wahhabi standard of the true Muslim. Many shrines were destroyed including the Tomb of Hussein, the murdered grandson of Prophet Mohammed. Another practice enjoyed by Wahhabies was the burning of books often followed by execution of the people who wrote them.
    After conquering Karbala, the Wahhabies next stop was Mecca. But on the way they had to take the fortress of Taif where the Ottoman governor of Mecca tried to make a last stand. When the residents of Taif realized that they would not be able to hold off a 10,000 strong Wahhabi army they raised a flag of truce. But when Wahhabies entered a city they wiped out practically the entire population. In 1803 Abdul Aziz entered the Holy City of Mecca. He ordered all the mosques and other constructions built to commemorate the prophet and his family to be razed to the ground. He even destroyed the chapel, where according to the legend, Angel Gabriel had brought the first chapter of the Quran to Prophet Mohammed. A year later he took the city of Medina.
    All the historical works of art, including priceless books that survived over millennia were destroyed or stolen. But in November of 1803 a Shiite assassin killed Abdul Aziz taking revenge for the massacre of Karbala. His son Saud bin Abd al Aziz succeeded him and continued the successful conquest of Arabia. Ottoman rulers could no longer sit back and watch as their Empire was losing territories and holy places while the Ottoman subjects were forced into following the Wahhabi ideology. Ottoman Sultan was also serving as caliph.
    This title is used to designate the successor to Prophet Mohammed as the religious and political leader of Sunni Islam. Obviously the Wahhabies did not recognize him as such. In 1811 the Ottomans appointed the Albanian born Governor of Egypt named Mohammed Ali as the person who would lead a campaign against the Wahhabies and take back the holy places. Mohammed Ali did not disappoint the Ottoman Sultan. In 1812 Mohammed Ali’s army was able to liberate Medina. Jeddah and Mecca. .
    In 1814 Saud bin Abd Al Aziz died of fever. His son Abdullah Ibn Saud was taken to Istanbul where he was executed. In 1818 the Ottomans captured and destroyed the Wahhabi capital of Dariyah. The first Saudi state was no more.
    The Ottoman victory and the death of the Abdullah did not mean the end of the Wahhabism. Many pilgrims who visited Mecca and Median during the hajj took the ideas of the Wahhabism back to their homelands. Over the next few years several attempts were made by descendants of Mohammed Ibn Saud to re-establish the control over the Arabia without much success.
    One of those descendants, Faisal bin Turki was captured in 1838 by the Ottomans and send to Egypt where he spent a few years in jail. But when Egypt declared their independence from the Ottoman Empire, they had to withdraw their army from the Arabian Peninsula in order to support their own positions on Egypt.
    Faisal bin Turki escaped from Cairo prison and returned home to Arabia. He was able to reestablish the second Saudi State in 1865. But after his death his sons fought over his succession. Besides the control of Arabian Peninsula, one of the major sticking point in their disagreement was the application of the Wahhabi doctrine. Those disagreements greatly weakened the Saudi State. In 1871 the rival tribal leader Mohammed bin Rashid made a pact with the Ottomans and started a campaign of taking back the territories from the Saud family. In 1891, with the fall of Riyadh, the takeover of the Saudi land was complete.
    The Saud family was forced into exile and eventually settled in Kuwait. But even the Rashides showed some interest in Wahhabi ideas as they allowed several Wahhabi scholars to continue their teachings in schools and in mosques. .
    As the role of the Ottoman Empire was diminishing, the British were gaining a lot of influence in the region. In the years to come they would carve up the entire region according to their view of the world. In many ways those views were narrow-sighted and did not take into consideration the religious and ethnic difference of the local populations.
    Warlord Abdulaziz raided many places in Najd to feed his family. On the night of January 15, 1902, 26 years old warlord Abdulaziz led 40 men climbed over the walls of the city of Riyadh on tilted palm trees and took the city of Riyadh. The Rashidi governor of the city of Riyadh, Ajlan, was killed in front of his own fortress – Masmak fort.
    The Wahhabis did not welcome the presence of Christian forces in the Arabian Peninsula, as they would hardly tolerate the presence of other Muslims. Warlord Abdulaziz had to walk a political tightrope between the British, the Ottomans and the Wahhabis. But he proved to be a very able politician, as he understood that in order to get to his goal of reestablishing the Saudi State he may need the collaboration of all the above parties.
    While Warlord Abdulaziz was regaining the influence the Saud family lost during the previous decades, the Ottoman Empire was weakened to the point that they had to ask for Warlord Abdulaziz’s help in putting down the revolt in northern Yemen that was still under the Ottoman rule. Warlord Abdulaziz was also recapturing a lot of territories lost by his predecessors in the previous conflicts.The British did not interfere with Warlord Abdulaziz’s military advances as long as he stayed away from British controlled areas.
    The successes of Warlord Abdulaziz’s military campaigns also coincided with the revival of the religious zealotry in province of Najd. This time it was the descendant of Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab named Abdullah bin Abdul Latif, the religious judge, who promoted a new movement called Inkwan (the brotherhood).

    He demanded from his followers the strict adherence to the tenets of the Wahhabi ideology and one of the requirements was to avoid any contact with outsiders. He also encouraged creation of agricultural settlements and by the year 1920 dozens of those settlements were spread out around Najd.

    In the tradition of his 18th century relative, Latif and his Inkwan followers would raid the neighboring provinces instilling the Wahhabi system and killing anyone considered unbeliever or polytheist. They terrorized the Arab communities from Iraq to Transjordan, sometimes wiping out entire villages. Just within a few years the Inkwan gained enough power to have even Warlord Abdulaziz seek a partnership with them.

    This symbiotic relationship, between the most radical element of Saudi society and the ruling elite, continues to this day. Over the years that relationship would have ups and downs. Every time there was a move to modernize the Saudi society, the radicals would make sure that the princes would not stray too far off.

    Warlord Abdulaziz not only forged the partnership with the Inkwan but also provided them with financial help. In addition he appointed Inkwan members as religious judges even though most of them came from the primitive desert dwelling Bedouin societies and were not great Islamic scholars by any means. Those societies that live in the very harsh environments, like deserts or mountains, usually develop a very strict code of conduct that develops over hundreds of years. Inkwan have incorporated those tribal traditions into their view of Islam.

    The Arabian Peninsula at that time was not a place where people lived in peace and tranquility. It was a highly tribal society where disputes over land and infighting were common place. Warlord Abdulaziz needed to bring those feuding tribes under his control in order to rule the Arabian Peninsula. His partnership with the Inkwan allowed him to accomplish that. Just like a century before, the power of the sword backed by Wahhabi ideology has proven to be a winning formula.

    One after another the rebellious tribes accepted Ibn Wahhab as their imam (an Islamic religious leader), agreed to pay the customary taxes and live by the Wahhabi rules. But Warlord Abdulaziz had a problem. While he was trying the build a modern Arab state with railroads and telegraph and other technological innovations of that period, the Inkwan considered those to be the instruments of Satan. They were categorically against the presence of foreigners, even if it benefited them. Any form of expression including music or poetry was not allowed.

    The only intellectual activity tolerated was the study of the Quran. While Warlord Abdulaziz did not have a problem with forbidding music or poetry, he had a problem with Inkwan’s other goals namely kicking the British out and exterminating the neighboring populations. His dream was to establish a legitimate state and he could not do accomplish it with such excesses. He knew that eventually he would have to deal with Inkwan and that time came soon.
    In March of 1924, the Ottoman Empire caliphate was dissolved and Kamal Attaturk established the Turkish Republic. He specifically established the system where there was a clear separation of religion and the state, that is the cornerstone of the Turkish Republic to this day.

    During the Ottoman Caliphate the members of the Hashemite dynasty were the appointed rulers of Mecca and Medina. Hashemites were believed to be the direct descendants of the prophet Mohammed and the caretakers of the Holy places. With the history and tradition behind him, the latest representative of the dynasty,

    Sharif Hussein pronounced himself a caliph. He was a protégé of the British Government who vigorously promoted him. His goal was to become the ruler of all the Arabia. Obviously Warlord Abdulaziz had different ideas on who would rule Arabia. He declared the war on Sharif Hussein and in December of 1924 with the help of Inkwan captured the biggest prize – Mecca.

    There was nothing that the British could do but accept the shifting balance of power. They later promoted Sharif Hussein’s son Abdullah to become the King of Transjordan. But the Holiest places in Islam were no longer under the control of the Hashemite dynasty. Warlord Abdulaziz has reclaimed what was lost by his ancestors a century earlier. He immediately imposed the Wahhabi control over the religious and social matters. A year later he was in control of Medina and Jeddah.

    The consequences were far reaching. The one who was in charge of holy places had the eyes and ears of the entire Muslim world focused on them. Under Warlord Abdulaziz’s leadership Inkwan began the campaign of destruction of the priceless historical monuments. Any mosque or Kaba, Mecca graveyard that had a mention of the prophet on its walls was taken down, including the grave of Mohammed’s wife Kadijah.

    The Muslim world was outraged and demanded answers. Warlord Abdulaziz’s response was that his control over Mecca and Medina was temporary but in 1926 he hosted a global Islamic conference where he was able to convince the delegates from all over the Islamic world to ratify his control over the holy places.

    The time also came to deal with the Inkwan who wanted the British Army out. Warlord Abdulaziz knew that his rule over Arabian Peninsula could not survive without it. In fact it was the British who helped Warlord Abdulaziz to finally defeat the Inkwan in ensuing civil war.

    Having conquered almost all of central Arabia, UK supported warlord Abdulaziz united his dominions into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932 with Riyadh as it’s capital and changed his name as King Saud bin Abdulaziz. Since then the House of Saud always supports UK and its allies including USA. Warlord Abdulaziz married more than twenty women and fathered over sixty eight children including all of the subsequent kings of Saudi Arabia.Today more than 7,000 princes in the House of Saud, the result of multiple wives and lots of progeny.

    With advances in technology that were based on oil, the western countries were getting more involved in the politics of the Middle East. Britain had a long-standing relationship with Warlord Abdulaziz, but it was with Standard Oil of California that he made a deal. Before signing the deal Warlord Abdulaziz consulted the ulama. His argument in favor of the Americans was that they, unlike the British, were not interested in territorial control of the Arab lands but only in oil.

    In addition the Americans were willing to pay more money and did not ask for the political concessions that British were demanding. The ulama has issued a fatwa allowing such deal. But it did not come without the price. The wahhabi religious establishment got complete control over the educational system and wahhabi religious policies of the kingdom.

    Within the decade, huge oil fields were discovered all over the Arabian Peninsula and in the Persian Gulf. The desert kingdom that only few years before survived on the revenues derived from the hajj and handouts from the British government became one of the most influential countries in the world. Saudi Arabia was already in control of Mecca and Medina, the holiest places in Islam.

    That alone gave them tremendous stature within the Muslim world. Now the great wealth derived from the oil revenues, and growing dependency of the Western economies on that oil, made the Saudis a major player in the world politics. In 1953 warlord Abdulaziz died. During his lifetime warlord Abdulaziz was able to take a land of feuding nomadic Bedouin tribes and in the span of few decades give them the country that became a wahhabi superpower.

  13. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    One of the most rigid and reactionary sects in all of Islam today is Wahhabism. It is the official and dominant sect in Saudi Arabia whose sole constitution is the Holy Qur’an.

    Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia’s ruling House of Saud have been intimately and permanently intertwined since their births. Wahhabism created the Saudi monarchy, and the House of Saud spread Wahhabism. One could not have existed without the other. Wahhabism gives the House of Saud legitimacy, and the House of Saud protects and promotes Wahhabism. The two are inseparable because each supports the other and depends on it for survival.

    Unlike Islam in other Muslim countries, however, Wahhabism treats women as third class citizens, imposes the veil on them, and denies them basic human rights such as: driving cars; the freedom of traveling within the country or leaving it without permission or Mahram (“a relative male chaperon”); the interaction with men who are not related to them in order to maintain a complete separation of the sexes; and until a few decades ago denied them public education and banned them from Radio and Television.

    In addition, unlike other Islamic sects, Wahhabism outlaws the celebration of Almoulid (Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday); forbids religious freedom, opposes political freedom of expression by constantly admonishing Saudis to obey their leaders (who are not even elected); bans movie theaters; forces the public and businesses to observe prayers; cows the masses by publicly using the harshest Islamic punishments (applied mostly to the poor, like all other punishments) such as the beheading for convicted killers and the hand-amputation for thieves; denies the Saudi citizenship to non-Muslims; and condoned slavery until the 1960s. Wahhabism also abhors smoking, singing, and dancing. To ensure full compliance of its stern ordinances, the Wahhabi “Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” with its religious police keeps a watchful eye on the Saudi public.

    Wahhabism is highly self-centered and extremely intolerant of progressive ideologies, other religions, and other Islamic sects such as Shiism and Sufism. It despises Arab Nationalism with a great deal of passion, yet it promotes “Saudi” nationalism, despite the fact that any nationalism is considered a violation of Islamic theology due to the concept of Islamic Ummah (“nation”). Wahhabism considers itself to be the only correct way in all of Islam, and any Muslim who opposes it as heretic or non-believer

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