Wahabism or Salafism as it is referred to by its adherents is a contemporary sect that has emerged from the Nejd in the Eastern section of the Arabian peninsula. It is associated with exremism in particular takfirism (excommunication) against muslims, violence against muslims and non-muslims, desecration of relics and literature.
This sect was foretold in he prophecies of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). He stated this extremist sect will emerge from the Nejd, an area which he refused to supplicate for:
“O Allaah bestow your blessings on our Shaam. O Allaah bestow your blessings on our Yemen.” The people said, “O Messenger of Allaah, and our Najd.” I think the third time the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “There (in Najd) will occur earthquakes, trials and tribulations, and from their appears the Horn of Satan.”
He described the adherents of this sect to be extremely religious externally so much so that they would be more religious than other muslims, except the religion will not penetrate their inner being:
“A people that recite Qur’an will come out of the East (East of Arabia, Riyad), but it will not go past their throats. They will pass through the religion (of Islam) like the arrow passes through its quarry. They will no more come back to the religion than the arrow will come back to its course. Their sign is that they shave (their heads).”
“At the end of times a man will come out of Musaylima’s country and he will change the religion of Islam.”[Bukhari]
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said this sect will emerge from the tribe of Banu Tamim and despite their external worship they will leave Islam because of their extremism:
It is reported in Mishkat from Hazrat Abu Said Khudri (RU) who narrates that, ‘Once we were in the presence and company of Prophet (SAWS). He was distributing booties (Spoils of War) when a person named Zul-Khawaisara, who was from the tribe of Banu Tamim addressed the Prophet (SAWS) ‘Oh Muhammad Be Just!’. The Prophet (SAWS) replied: ‘A Great pity that you have doubts; if I am unjust then who will be just; you are a loser and a failure’. Zul-Khawaisara’s attitude infuriated Hazrat Umar (RU) and he pleaded with the Prophet (SAWS) to permit him to slay Zul-Khawaisara. The Prophet (SAWS) remarked: ‘Leave him, as his slaying will serve no good purpose, as he is not the only individual but there are a host of others like him and if you compare their prayers and fasting to that of yours, you yourself will feel ashamed. These are the people who will recite the Quran but it will not go beyond their throats, with all these apparent virtues they will leave the fold of Deen just like the arrow leaves the bow.” (Miskhat, P. 535)
‘A person with eyes protruding, with a long beard and head clean-shaven came to the Prophet (SAWS) and declared: ‘O Muhammad! (SAWS) fear Allah. ‘ The Prophet (SAWS) replied: ‘If I disobey Allah (WST), then who else will obey Him? I am obedient to Allah (SWT) at all times and never disobedient. Allah (SWT) has sent me as Amin (Honest for the entire world, but you don’t accept me as an honest man? A Sahabi (Companion) became infuriated and sought permission to remove him from the presence of the Prophet (SAWS). The Prophet (SAWS) prevented the Sahabi from doing so. After the person had left, the Prophet (SAWS) said: ‘From his progeny (descendants) will rise a Group who will recite the Holy Quran but it will not go below their throats. They will leave the Deen (Islam) just as an arrow leaves the bowstring. They will kill Muslims but spare the idolaters. If I ever confronted these people I would fight them just as the people of Aad had been destroyed’. (Mishkat, pp/535)
We can see that these prophecies have been fulfilled in the sect of Salafi Wahabi to the letter, and despite their attempts to try to suggest Nejd is in Iraq, this is false, it is and remains the eastern area of the Arabian peninsula from where wahabism salafism emerged.
Salafi wahabism has unleashed a tidal wave of extremism, takfirism, fitna, violence and terrorism attacking everything that Islam holds to be good and righteous.
It is high time for Muslims to seize back the mantle Islam from the extremist militancy and intolerance of Salafi Wahabism.