Over 100 Sunni scholars declare Wahhabis to be outside mainstream Sunni Islam – Chechnya

An International conference of Sunni scholars was held in Grozny, Chechnya, attended by more than 100 renowned Islamic scholars and Sufi shaykhs who came from Russia, Syria, Turkey, India, Egypt, Jordan, South Africa, United Kingdom and other countries.

Sunni scholars attending the conference in Grozny, Chechnya

Shaykh Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar, Egypt, defined the mainstream Sunni Islam and excluded Wahhabis from it. He stated:

“Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah are the Ash’arites and Muturidis (adherents of the theological systems of Imam Abu Mansur al-Maturidi and Imam Abul-Hasan al-Ash’ari). In matters of belief, they are followers of any of the four schools of thought (Hanafi, Shafi’i, Maliki or Hanbali) and are also the followers of the Sufism of Imam Junaid al-Baghdadi in doctrines, manners and [spiritual] purification.”

This statement implies that Salafists, also called Wahhabis, are not part of the mainstream Ahl as-Sunnah or Sunni Muslims, despite the fact that they are trying to hijack the term Sunni by labeling themselves as Sunni Muslims.

Shaykh Ahmed El-Tayeb also said: “Terrorists and Islam have no relation whatsoever, instead these terrorists are inclined towards spreading a radical ideology among Muslims, so that Islam is misunderstood world over.”

The conference was held on 25-27 August 2016 in the city of Grozny, organized by the president of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

Wahhabi clerics of the Saudi Kingdom are furious over this conference. Wahhabis of other countries have also been angered over it.

Some of the renowned shaykhs attending the conference include:

  1. Shaykh Ahmed El-Tayeb, president and grand Imam of the prestigious Islamic seminary Al-Azhar University of Cairo, Egypt
  2. Shaikh Muhammad Saad al-Azhari, professor of Al-Azhar University
  3. Shaykh Abu Bakr Ahmad, head of the largest Islamic seminary in Kerala, South India
  4. Shaykh Anwar Ahmed al-Baghdadi, teacher at a large North Indian seminary Jamia Aleemiya
  5. Habib Umar bin Hafiz, the leading Sufi shaykh of the Ba-Alawiyah Sufi Order and head of the International Islamic seminary in Tarim, Yemen
  6. Habib Ali al-Jifri, renowned Sunni scholar of UAE and one of the leading Sufi shaykhs of the Ba-Alawiyah Sufi Order
  7. Shaykh Ali Gomaa, ex Grand Mufti of Egypt
  8. Kamil Samigullin, the chief Mufti of Tatarstan




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6 Responses to Over 100 Sunni scholars declare Wahhabis to be outside mainstream Sunni Islam – Chechnya

  1. DR. SAADAT HUSAIN says:

    the turkey also should taken this type of conference due to the turkey also fallow the sunni path and naqshbandi system of sufism and the deobandi also fallow wahabism and refer the books of Abdul wahab najdi not sunni .

  2. Khadijatu Hassan says:

    Alhamdulillah may Allah open the minds of Muslims all over the world to understand the true path of lslam the sufi parth Amin

  3. Muhammad nuruddin says:

    Alhamdu lillahi ala ni’imatil Islam

  4. Arshad says:

    Why don’t we see Pakistan among the list of participants. Sunnis in Pakistan, though in majority, due to their laziness are intellectually suppressed by an extremely active Wahabi minority.
    Lately, while searching for an Urdu translation of “Nahw Mir” by some Sunni scholar, I was horrified to find out that all freely available Urdu translations of the book are written by Deobandi Wahabi writers.
    Its high time that we wake up from this slumber.

  5. Munawar Baksh says:

    Assalaamu alaikum. Imam Ash’ari and Imam Maturidi (rahmatullah alay hi ma) rendered a great service to our Deen at a time when there was a real danger of the masses likening Allah Ta’ala to the creation (may Allah Ta’ala protect us from this). However the best way is the way of the Sahaba Radhi Allahu anhum. That is we accept​ all that is in the Holy Quran of the Attributes and remain silent. Neither do we interpret in line with what the great Imams above did, as that was a need for their times. Nor do we take literally as Imam Taymiyya rahmatullah alay did. When I say literal this statement needs qualification as Imam Taymiyya did not believe that Allah Ta’ala can be likened to the creation. It is time that we try to unite as Muslims. The intentions of all the great Imams above were to protect the masses from incorrect beliefs. And that Includes Imam Taymiyya trying to prevent that the people denied the verses of Attributes. Let us leave aside hatred and find common ground. I do not say we unite on that which is incorrect as the Ummah can only unite on Haq. What I do humbly request is that we actually understand where each other is coming from and what the actual beliefs are. And if one group/sect despises the other we don’t in turn despise them back. No group or sect is free from the ghuluw. There are Salafi scholars in Saudi who love Allah Ta’ala and our beloved Nabi Sallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam more than I do. I say this because they have been imprisoned for attempting to protest those despicable cartoons. Likewise there are Sunnis who love Allah and His Rasool Sallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam more than I do. What I would say is that the light of guidance that our beloved Prophet Sallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam was, has led some to erroneously believe that our beloved Prophet Sallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam was literally Noor. All of our beloved Nabi’s words and actions were a light/Noor, more illuminating than that of any other of Allah Ta’ala’s creation, including the angels. Let’s put aside what we think we know about the Deen and other groups and look for the Truths so we can unite. Remember the Mujtahid is rewarded one reward even when incorrect. That is where there is no consensus. There is consensus for example that there are 5 obligatory prayers in a day and no difference is allowed. The differences are in the performance of the obligations. Like ghusl where the Imams differed in whether the intention is Fardh. These differences or Ikhtilaf are a mercy for the Ummah. To illustrate this take not praying Salah, if there was only the opinion that leaving Salah is kufr then how many Muslims would there be in the world today (This was the opinion of the great Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal rahmatullah alay). May Allah Ta’ala brings onto Haq and unite us. Ameen

  6. banskba says:

    Great job done by these Scholars thanks a lot

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