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Deputy Muftis of Tatarstan explained the peculiarities of Wahhabism

Deputy Muftis of Tatarstan explained the peculiarities of Wahhabism on TV program
First Deputy Mufti of Tatarstan Rustam Hazrat Waliullin and the Deputy Mufti of Tatarstan for education, the Rector of the Bulgarian Islamic Academy and Russian Islamic Institute Rafik Hazrat Muhammetshin took part in the Tatarstan New Century TV channel's "Tayanu noctasy" (Point of support) program which was devoted to the problem of Wahhabism.
Experts of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Tatarstan told viewers about the peculiarities of the Wahhabi ideology.
"Wahhabism is one of the trends in Islam, founded by Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab, who lived in the eighteenth century," Rafik Hazrat, who is also the Chairman of the Council on Islamic education of Russia, said.
This ideology believes that the real Islam was practiced only by the first three generations of followers of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and completely rejects all the madhhabs and centuries old national traditions, history and culture of Muslims, considering them as an innovation.
The trend, which is distinguished by its extreme simplicity in the performance of worship, attracts young people most of all. Moreover, Wahhabism corresponds to the spirit of youthful maximalism.
Hazrat also explained that the ban on ideology does not imply the persecution of Muslims for their beliefs and "appearance." But the spread of Wahhabism, in his opinion, can destroy the national code of the Tatars and their rich spiritual heritage, which since the adoption of Islam have become inseparably linked with its values.
Rustam Hazrat Waliyullin in his turn drew the attention of spectators and participants of the program to the radical nature of ideology and its destructiveness: "Wahhabism is dangerous because it has a pronounced negative attitude towards non-Muslims and non-practicing Muslims, calling them kaafirs, i.e, infidels. Followers of Wahhabism do not support kinship ties and differ by absolutely negative attitude to any forms of power."
Hazrat also stressed that the decision of the Interreligious Council of Russia to appeal to state authorities with a proposal to prohibit the ideology of Wahhabism and to recognize it as extremist was supported by the majority of Muftis of the country and Muhtasibs of the Republic of Tatarstan.
At the same time, he said, there is a clearly negative attitude towards this ideology on the part of the majority of the Tatar population in Tatarstan. "The most important task of Imams of our Republic is in the spread of Islam in accordance with the Hanafi mazhab and the maturidy aqidah (creed)," Rustam Hazrat said.

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