After a recent post - Are Saudi’s Implicated in 28 Redacted (Blank) Pages of U.S. Govt 9/11 Report? – author Allen Mitchum contacted us about a novel he wrote centered around the missing 28 pages.
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A Brief History of Wahhabism
The following is the introduction to the counterjihad thriller 28 PAGES by Allen Mitchum, published in 2011 by Spartan North Publishing and available in print and ebook at Amazon.com. The story involves a woman who, while investigating the gruesome murder of her sister, uncovers a shocking conspiracy against the U.S. perpetrated by the Saudi Arabian Ambassador.
In the early 1700s, more than one thousand years after the death of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, feuding tribes and rival sheikhdoms dominated the Arabian Peninsula. Centuries of invasion and continual warfare weakened the influence of orthodox Islam in its birthplace. A hybrid of Islam and paganism instead dominated the region. Jihad against non-Muslims, once the cornerstone of Islam, was nearly forgotten.
Around this time, Mahommed Ibn Abd al-Wahhab of the Bani Tamim tribe was born in the plateau of the Najd in central Arabia, west of Saudi Arabia’s present day capital of Riyadh. While details of his early life are scarce, scholars know he achieved notoriety for memorizing the entire Quran by the age of ten. As a teenager, Wahhab traveled afar to deepen his understanding of Islamic law. It was through his interactions with Muslim lands to the East that he determined Islam in Arabia had been corrupted.
Upon returning to his native Najd, Wahhab immediately sought to restore a pure form of Islam based on the Quran and the teachings of Muhammad as practiced in the past. Praying to saints, participating in religious festivals, praying at graves, and worshiping nature were forbidden. He banned and destroyed grave markers and tombs to avoid the temptation of idolatry.
His obsession led to aggression and hatred towards non-Muslims, which included Christians, Jews, and Muslims who did not accept his teachings. Wahhab viewed these infidels as the primary impediment against the restoration of orthodox Islam, mandating their death or at a minimum, their submission. Wahhab revived the concept of armed jihad against the infidels, restoring it to the primary duty of a true Muslim.
Wahhab and his followers spread their puritanical brand of Islam through the Najd. They compelled those who resisted and killed those who refused. Wahhab’s followers dubbed themselves mujahideen, or holy warriors. Their enemies, on the other hand, referred to them as Wahhabis. Sheikdoms upset with Wahhab’s challenge to the status quo forced the mujahideen and their leader into exile. It was there that Wahhab found a benefactor to help him promote his cause.
To fulfill his objective of restoring a pure form of Islam to Arabia, Wahhab required protection. The Emir Muhammad Saud, head of the powerful Saud Family, satisfied that requirement. Recognizing the potent political dimension to Wahhabism, Saud converted to Wahhabism and afforded protection to the mujahideen. The two families merged when Saud’s son married Wahhab’s daughter.
In 1744, three decades before the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence, the two families further solidified their relationship with a decision that would impact history for centuries to come. Wahhab and Saud swore a traditional Islamic mithaq, or covenant, promising to work together to establish a state based on the strictest Islamic principles. Saud supplied the power while Wahhab provided the faith. Combined, the two were a powerful force in restoring Islam to its roots, fighting the infidels, and increasing their power and influence.
With that simple mithaq, the House of Saud was born. In the coming centuries, it succeeded in uniting the Arabian Peninsula and planting Wahhabism in Islam’s birthplace. In the process, Wahhab’s followers spilled vast amounts of blood and planted the seeds of Wahhabism throughout the Middle East. In time, and under the direction of the Saudi Royal Family, Wahhabism spread to every corner of the settled world, including the United States.
A failure of imagination has often been cited as a reason why 9/11 wasn’t stopped. Would a Saudi conspiracy against the United States really be that shocking?
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