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    Sunni Associations Counter Visit of Wahhabi Preacher

    By Roua Khlifi | Apr 29 2013 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

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    A poster detailing the program of Mohamed Hassan’s visit to Tunisia. Photo courtesy of Mohamed Hassan’s Facebook fan page.

    The upcoming visit of Egyptian Wahhabi preacher Mohamed Hassan to Tunisia has triggered debate and met with opposition from Sunni religious associations who aim to prevent the growing influence of Wahhabism in the country.

    Hassan is expected to arrive tomorrow and was invited to the country by other religious associations, including the Reform and Preaching group, headed by Habib Ellouz, a member of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) affiliated with the Ennahdha ruling party.

    The visit prompted 30 Sunni associations to form a front and launch a national campaign to protect Tunisia from Wahhabism.

    “Tunisia is a country that is open to all beliefs,” Ellouz told radio Shems FM. “To invite thinkers and religious figures from Egypt is an honor to Tunisia. In addition, Mohamed Hassan does not have fatwas that contradict the Tunisian culture. He is a thinker who is open minded and he also calls for tolerance.”

    He added that “this training session will not promote Wahhabi thought. It is the media that is promoting such ideas.”

    Hassan will deliver speeches in different parts of Tunisia and will also give Friday sermons in Tunisian mosques. He is considered a controversial figure and is known for opposing the Egyptian revolution and for advocating female circumcision.

    Farid Elbeji, president of the association Dar Al-Hadith Al-Zaytuna, expressed his disapproval of such visits in an interview with Shems FM and said they will promote Wahhabi thought in a country with a long Sunni tradition.

    “We are not against the person but we are against Wahhabism,” he explained. “Wahhabism is known for being extremist, exclusionary and violent.”

    A week ago, the Open Islamic Academy, known for being a Wahhabi organization sponsored by Saudi Arabia, announced it will hold a training session at Al-Zaytuna, which is known for being a Sunni institution, Elbeji said. Preachers at Al-Zaytuna and several Sunni organizations expressed their disapproval of the event.

    “We launched a national campaign against Wahhabism and we will only opt for peaceful methods since we believe in the importance of peace and unity to this country during this period,” he added. “Yet we will keep a watchful eye over what they are presenting during this training.”

    Mohamed Khlil, head of the Union of Sufi Orders, one of the associations aiming to protect Tunisia from Wahhabism, told Shems FM that the country is open to different opinions, but there are limits that must be respected.

    “We cannot possibly accept any threats to our beliefs,” he said. “This preacher has a creed that rejects any different opinions. The Wahhabi thought rejects those who hold a different faith and we also have the right to reject those who are against our moderate Sunni beliefs.”

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      Mohamed Benamor /

      Look at this person , he looks like an Egyptian disguised in a Saudi dress, he looks like he came out of a cave, not shaving for years, would you like to look like him? you do not have to grow a beard to be a moslem, and you do have to hate others to be a moslem, and you do not have to kill people to be a moslem, these individuals has a psychological problems.

    1. ramzy /

      If he is that good he should stay in egypt and sort the problems they have. Tunisians will always be tunisians poor, tolerant , and very patient. They all need help with clean water a job with a decent wage.

    2. Mohamed Benamor /

      I have Egyptians friends in the USA, they always look at Tunisians very advanced, they are jealous of US they call us “French”.
      I’d rather be french than a backward Saudi or Qatari with a beard.

    3. A .Essadiq /

      Tunisia could do without characters like this to understand Islam.I feel bad for this country ,from onr of thr best in the Arab world to a country taht is going down the drain because of some sickos.

    4. Software Engineer /

      When people understand that Salafism is not a party, but this is the true understanding of Islam. The tuonisienne journalism seeks another word to exclude Islam (the true religion). Therefore, it is “Wahhabia” to scare people.
      But they forget that Allah says:
      والله متم نوره ولو كره الكافرون
      that’s mean:
        God is perfecting His Light even though the disbelievers haste (that).
      But. poor!!
      موتوا بغيظكم
      Die in your rage;

      • Mohamed Ben amor /

        To Mr software engineer: If you like to live in the past like those Saudis and Qataris, why dont go live with them,I doubt it that you even educated to talk like that. Actually Islam encourage “ittakadoum” not “ittaakhour”. with all the oil they have they still have poor people in the Saudis and Qataris countries, and living in tents, with a “harem” of boys and girls.

        • driss /

          if u want to impose wahabism go to the gulf, here u are in tunisia and we think that islam is not oppressive but rather dimocratic!!!

      • driss /

        yes but we have to make new definition about true believers they are certernly not oppressive wahabists simply contaradict islam since god says to his profet mohamed ‘you are simply a reminder and not an oppressor!!!’ ‘thaker innama anta mouthakkiron lasta 3alayhim bi mousaytir’ it is god who created the world not islamists and god created us differet!!!

      • Camilla /

        Slm, salafism is actually wahhabism – it’s from Ibn Abdul Wahhabs teachings on the Arabic Peninsula on the 17th century – read about him and his followers.
        His very first act was to march into a village with his six hundred or so bandits to demolish the grave of Zaid ibn al-Khattab. Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab personally took an axe and took it to the grave like a raving mad vandal. This was the first earthquake as the people of the village stood in fear from the aftershock. Never before had they faced anything like this.

        Shaykh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab continued to pillage the neighbouring territories such as Zabir, Ahsa, Huraimala, and his hometown ‘Uyainah, indiscriminately killing Muslim men women and children if they refused to accept his call. Those who did accept his call were forced to shave their beards and their heads under the pretext it was the hair of kufr. [27] He did not even spare the women from this ruling.


    5. Nabil /

      For those who are ignorant, I have no time to teach them about the Tunisian history, but I thought I would post this link so that may be it would give them a little more education and may confirm to them that no matter how backword their thinking is they will not be able to win, and will never take us with them to their jahilia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpaR6Sx3ZRg

    6. Nabil /

      For those who are ignorant, I have no time to teach them about the Tunisian history, but I thought I would post this link so that may be it would give them a little more education and may confirm to them that no matter how backward their thinking is they will not be able to win their, and will never take us with them to the jahilia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpaR6Sx3ZRg

    7. Solomon /

      anyone who thinks female circumcision is OK is clearly from the Dark Ages – that’s where this lunatic and his supporters belong – it’s people like this that give all Muslims a bad name – it is not surprising that people from the West have such a bad impression of Islam when such men as this are seen as leaders by some in the Islamic world – thankfully I believe the majority of Tunisians will treat this man and his crazy non-Muslim ideas with the contempt they deserve

    8. April /

      Salam alikom my fellow Muslimeen! I don’t know all that much about this guy but wow, if he is all for female circumcision, and is an Egyptian dude that is supposedly of great influence, then I don’t know that I would support his views, because we all know how barbaric female circumcision is. Secondly, if he is this great Egyptian guy, why haven’t things gotten any better in Egypt? Why hasn’t he made this miraculous change there? I can’t name one Muslim country that has found how to correctly balance religion with politics. It unfortunately doesn’t exist in this world. There’s not one place that does it right, no matter the religious views of the people. A large majority of Tunisians are so frustrated and put out with the current government, that they are willing to jump on any bandwagon that looks good to them…the quick, easy solution, and the guy appears to be Islamically correct, so they follow him because they think he is preaching about Allah’s answer to our problems. Don’t fall for that!!! Educate yourselves about the Sunnah and what Allah subhana wa’a taala tells us to do, not what some so-called Sheik or whoever says that Allah says. You have to do the work yourself to discover what it means to be a Muslim and life that life everyday; it’s not going to come easy to you. We can look to our Imam and the good Sheiks out there for guidance, but the ultimate education about how to maximize our deeds here in the dunya is up to us. No one else is going to guide us anywhere, and Tunisians need to start working hard to realize what road lies ahead for them, and make the needed changes. Major mentality changes are needed amongst the people in order for change to happen. Inchallah Allah Kareem!!!

    9. ali /

      dear friends .
      do you remember what happened in algeria 15 years ago ? 200.000 Victimes …..who did that ? WAHABISTE…..do we learn a lessons ? not yet…when we will learn ? When it will be too late. we have to get all our forces together against any intruder to tunisia , an intruder who want to create internal probleme , because they did not liked the peacfull tunisian revolution…who they ? the saudian of course and the katari ..why ? BECAUSE IT WILL REACH THERE if they don’t stop it by any mean….what is their weapons ? RESPONSE : create a diversity and doubt within the islam religion ..how ? By filtring new dogmes, new idea , new doctrines into islam.. YOU SHOULD KILL ALL NON MUSLIM YOU SHOULD DESTROY ALL NON BELIVERS AND DO ON….

      THAT IS NOT ISLAM …islam is love..sharing…caring…supporting…protecting …our prophete peace be upon him was protecting the non belivers in medina and even helping them materially { إنما الصدقات للفقراء والمساكين والعاملين عليها والمؤلفة قلوبهم وفي الرقاب والغارمين وفي سبيل الله وابن السبيل)
      سورة التوبة الآية 60 al moualafati kouloubihim were the non belivers and our prophete was giving them sadakat ( money) under the islamic law .
      this is islam ……they ( the wahabist) want to take revenge and stop any upcoming revolutionary idea to their stupid royality kingdom……why nobody asked mohamed hassen what does he think about the kingdom in islam ? Why nobody asked him what does he think about sheikh of katar spending money in casino all over the world as well as saoudi ? Why nobody dare to ask him what does he think about american installed navy forces in saudi aribya ? INSTEAD OF ASKING SOME LOUSY QUESTION ABOUT ISLAM WHICH ANYBODY COULD ANSWER ….

      sonner or later people all over the world will hate this saoudi and katari governments who are spreading terrorism all over the planet with the name of “jihad “


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