The Relationship betwwen the Salafist Current and the Wahhabite Movement

Author:Eva Alexe
Position:PhD, Police Academy 'Alexandru Ioan Cuza', Romania
Pages:272-278
European Integration - Realities and Perspectives. Proceedings 2020
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The Relationship betwwen the Salafist
Current and the Wahhabite Movement
Eva Alexe1
Abstract: The Salafist current through its ancestral doctrinal content seems, in principle, simple; the name of
the current is derived from the right ancestors, whose teachings are adhered to by the majority of Mu slims
being a mandator y requirement, but some Salafist interpretations exceed the real meaning of some Quranic
or Sunni texts and hence a lot of confusion and contradictions regarding the real meaning of these principles
adopted and propagated by Salafi especially that not only among the ulama, in general, but also among the
followers o f the Salafist stream themselves. There are many questions about th e identity of these Salafist
groups, their historical continuity, if it exists and the d ifferences between the existing and historical groups,
which have joined this current, to which we will try to answer briefly in a summary but explicit framework in
this article. The events of the Arab Spring revealed a series of movements, currents and activities considered
marginal as well as this Salafist movement seen previously through a standard stereotypical lens as static and
intrinsic, against progress and development, stigmatized for ideological rigidity and cultural immobility, who
have become involved in the uprising in the Arab world on different levels, even on the political arena,
participating in parliamentary elections and transforming from traditional social formations into modern
political formations.
Keywords: Salafism; Wahhabism; politics; religion; doctrine; jurisprudence
Introduction
We can say that Salafism is a current based on a school of Sunni dynamic thinking and it extends its
sphere of influence on the reform of the systems of government, society and life, in general, to what is
compatible with the Islamic system in function which urges us to pay huge attention to it.
The Salafists oppose democracy, considering it contrary to the provisions of Islam, because the power
of regulation belongs to the Parliament, the people’s representatives and ultimately to the people
themselves, and t he Salafists believe that only God has this power. Moreover, Parliament’s decisions
are transformed into laws and are not adopted unanimously by votes, but by a majority of votes, and
some laws, despite the fact that they are contrary to nature, religion and reason, become proxies
throughout the country.
The Salafist current through its ancestral doctrinal content seems, in principle, simple; the name of the
current is derived from the predecessors or righteous ancestors, whose teachings most of Muslims
adhere to as a compulsory requirement to follow their path in understanding and applying the Qur’an
and the Sunnah of the Prophet, but in regard to the “Surviving Group” or the “ Victorious Group” we
1 PhD, Police Academy “Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, Romania, Address: Aleea Privighetorilor 1 -3, Bucuharest 014031, Romania,
E-mail: evavalexee@gmail.com.

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