Clearing doubts about Salafism


RIYADH: Crown Prince Naif, deputy premier and interior minister, will attend a symposium on “Salafism, a Shariah approach and a national demand” which will be organized by the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University on Tuesday.

The symposium will cover seven themes. The first will address Salafism, an approach pursued by the state since its foundation and its connection to Islam.

The second highlights Salafism as an approach, the third focuses on misconceptions about the Salafi approach, the fourth addresses the Salafi approach and its connection with the modern religious discourse; the fifth tackles the relationship between the Saudi state and the Salafi approach in terms of originality and application, the sixth covers the link between the Salafi approach and school curricula in the Kingdom, and the seventh sheds light on doubts on the application of the Salafi approach and the response to these doubts.

The scientific committee of the conference has received more than 120 papers. There will be 62 lectures and 22 papers will be presented by postgraduate students.

Rector of the University Suleiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail said the seminar aims to achieve several goals such as shedding light on the doctrinal teachings of the Salafist movement, clear misconceptions of Salafism, clarify the roots of Saudi government regulations and its rightful principles and lastly provide a clear image about the attitude of Islam toward non-Muslims.

The seminar aims to exhibit the role played by the Kingdom in fighting terrorism and maintaining international peace and security. The rector revealed the crown prince would also lay the cornerstone of a number of projects (constructions and technical) costing SR2.3bn.

*** Ahmed bin Yousif Al-Darwish told Arab News that the objective behind holding this symposium was to clarify the proper meaning of Salafism that is based on both the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah.

“This kind of Salafism is based on moderation, rejecting terrorism, fighting corruption, fighting deviant and destructive thought, rejecting extremism and exploitation or dehumanization of others.”

He stressed the seminar aims to clarify that the Salafi approach adopted by the Kingdom is totally different from the kind of extremist Salafism that is not Islamic and does not express the essence of Islam. Correct Salafism is the one that renounces terrorism and murder and is not based on extremism or takfir, he added.

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Suleiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, rector of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, addressing a press conference in Riyadh on the seminar. (AN photo)

5 replies

  1. So, what is the point of posting this article? Is this just for information purposes? Or is it to support that Salafism as promoted today is harmless? I’ve always seen this Salafist movement as somewhat dangerous, and although not as openly rigid as Wahhabi thought, quite in line with it, with the tendency to push a more rigid agenda. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I’d be interested in this blog’s thoughts on this subject.

    I just don’t understand why this was posted. It would be helpful to understand your thoughts on the subject, and why something was posted, otherwise it’s just simple re-posting of something else that someone’s written, and I don’t see the point of that.

  2. Yes, we do post articles ‘for general information’ and ‘for education’ so that all readers can see ‘what is out there’.

    Comments are then welcome to show agreement or disagreement with the article or a general discussion.

    Thanks for your comments.

  3. The whole concept of the Muslim Times is to a large extent to see and read what others write. We do write original articles, as you will see, but, so far, the original articles are in the minority.

    We will try to increase the percentage of original articles as we proceed.

  4. Ok, fair enough, I understand that. In this case, my only suggestion would be for the “poster” to add a comment as to why he/she decided to post something. The “so what?”, if you will. Otherwise this site may become seen as redundant. And, I thought a blog was to stimulate discussion as well.

    (Of course, I realize a counter-argument to that could be that this is the point – post something in order to provoke a response and hence, discussion. I suppose I’m just saying that with so much ‘out there’, I think it would be helpful to see why this particular blog’s poster decides to post something.)

    In this particular instance, I clicked on the article as I’m interested in the subject, but more so, various Ahmadi Muslims’ thoughts on the subject (still am, if you want to comment). I’m not that active in these things (blogs, Twitter, FB, etc.), and don’t have time to read all the different things out there, so seeing something on this site is – partially for me – to see views on the subjects mentioned. I know I’m addressing a more “general business practice” of this blog site as a whole, but I’m also still curious on your (and others’) thoughts on the subject of the Salafi movement nowadays.


    • Thanks for your comment. Inshallah, we shall come back to the opinions on the Salafist movement from time to time. At the moment let’s just mention the hope that the readers, when comparing the various articles and the various ‘schools of thought’, will themselves come to the conclusion that the views of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat are reflecting the True Islam at its best!

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