Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi took part in a ceremony held this afternoon for the launching of a new specialized website on “Wahhabism review” which is affiliated with the “Dār al-E‘lām Li madrasah Ahl-al-Bayt (‘a)” institute. During this ceremony, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi thanked all of the projects and activities done by this institute and he also thanked all of the individuals who worked hard for the creation of this website.
Stating that the Wahhabis are the greatest danger and threat for the Muslim world, he said: “terrorist groups such as the ISIS, al-Nusrah, and other such Takfiri groups are the inauspicious offspring of the Wahhabi school of thought”.
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi, then, continued: “by studying the history of Wahhabis and their ideology, one clearly realizes that the emergence of these terrorist groups should not have come as a surprise. It was quite expectable that one or some groups with the Wahhabi ideology would put their deviant beliefs in to practice and cause so much bloodshed and destruction in various Muslim countries.
His eminence also noted: “some have analogized the Wahhabi trend with the Kharijites; however, we believe that these two currents are incomparable because the Wahhabis pose a much greater threat to ‘Islam’ than they do to the Muslims”.
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi also added: “the Wahhabis portray Islam as a religion of violence and severity, and they provide the enemies of Islam with the proper excuse and the means which they need to further their plots of Islamophobia in the world”.
He, then, continued: “today, the world is ready to embrace the Islamic faith, and the only hindrance to this great achievement is Wahhabism”.
Emphasizing the fact that we should not be indifferent regarding such deviant groups, and that we must fight against their inhumane and anti-Islamic ideology, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi stated: “these people are completely alien to Islam and they know nothing of Islam. Yet, it is our duty to spread this fact all around the world and raise the awareness of the people all over the world in this regard”.
His eminence further stated that Sunni Muslims are separate from the Wahhabis and noted: “Wahhabis are a group of deviant individuals who have created a lot of evil innovations in religion; these people have turned in to the puppets of the enemies of Islam”.
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi also stated: “Those who have studied the resources of the Sunnis know that they have authored much more books against the Wahhabi ideology than have the followers of the Ahl-al-Bayt (a) school (i.e. Shias)”.
His eminence further stated: “we should unite with the Sunnis in this battle, and we should all j o i n forces and stand up against this danger which seriously threatens the very existence of Islam”.
Dividing the battle against the Wahhabis and the Takfiri Salafis in to intellectual, political, and military fronts, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi noted: “The duty of all religious scholars and Islamic seminaries is to engage in intellectual and scientific confrontation with the Wahhabis; we need to prove to everyone that the Wahhabis are the agents of the enemies of Islam and that their ideas are anti-Islamic in nature”.