Descendants of the founder of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi ideology have disowned Qatar’s ruling family amid heightened tension between the two Persian Gulf neighbors.
200 descendants of Ibn Abd al-Wahhab have denied in a statement claims that the 18th-century cleric was the Qatari emir’s great grandfather.
The statement has not mentioned the Qatari emir by name but has referred to his construction of a mosque named after Ibn Abd al-Wahhab, demanding that Qatar rename the mosque.
Qatar’s state mosque, opened in 2011, is known as the Sheikh Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab mosque.
“We, therefore, demand that the name of the mosque be changed for it does not carry its true Salafi path,” the statement added.
Wahhabism is the radical ideology dominating Saudi Arabia, freely preached by government-backed clerics there, and inspiring terrorists worldwide. Daesh and other Takfiri terror groups use the ideology to declare people of other faiths as “infidels” and then kill them.
The development comes in the wake of escalating tensions between Riyadh and Doha since Qatar’s state-run news agency released comments attributed to Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on sensitive issues last week.
The Qatari emir was quoted as describing Iran as an “Islamic power” and “big power in the stabilization of the region.”