What Is The History Behind Extremist Muslims


Name of the ideology extremist Muslims follow

The roots of modern day extremist Muslims can be traced to the last 200 years. When an extremist Muslim kills innocent people through suicide bombings what are the cycle of events that takes place? The media reports how many people are killed, world leaders state the obvious and condemn the attacks, and the cycle repeats. No one looks at or discusses the root cause of the problem.

The name of the ideology that Muslim extremists follow is Wahhabism. Wahhabism was founded by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab in the 18th century.

However where were all of the suicide bombings and terrorist attacks in the 19th and 20th centuries if Wahhabism is the reason for extremist Muslims. There are some other important factors that has played a role.

Saudi oil funding extremism

The first factor was the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia in 1938. Oil provided Saudi Arabia with vasts amount of wealth to spread it’s ideology Wahhabism throughout the Middle East and Africa.

The Saudis built thousands of Mosques and paid thousands of preachers to spread it’s ideology. The extremist Muslim preachers target poor regions in rural regions because most people there are uneducated let alone educated on Islam.

It is easier to brainwash people who know very little about Islam and follow cultural practices rather than people who are educated on Islam.

It has taken the Saudis a few decades from 1938 to create a generation of Muslim extremists in the Middle East and Africa who have joined extremist groups causing the problems we are now seeing.

Terrorism being used to defeat the Soviets

The next factor that played a very important role was the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan during the cold war. To defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the US funded Muslim extremists through Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. “Oddly” one of those extremists was Osama Bin Laden.

The Muslim extremists formed a group known as the Mujahideen who fought the Soviet Union forcing them to withdraw from Afghanistan. This was important because it was the first case in history where extremists were used and they were successful in achieving the political interests of the US.

Terrorist groups suddenly popping up in the last few decades

The Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan in 1986. Now lets look at the years when recent Muslim extremist groups were formed:

Al Qaeda – 1988

Taliban – 1994

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS) – 1999

Boko Haram in Nigeria – 2002

Al Shabab in Somalia – 2006

If the Mujahideen was created by the US, did the other groups just suddenly pop into existence out of nowhere on their own? Perhaps the groups turned to extremism after carrying out the work for the US’s political interests in the Middle East? Or maybe the US is also funding other extremist groups to get rid of other leaders like Gaddafi, Assad. That is for you to decide. However the link is clear between the US supporting extremist groups and then other extremist groups suddenly appearing around the same time.

However it is common sense that groups who fight government armies and who take over countries need lots of recruiting, organising and training. The Taliban has existed for 23 years, why does no one question where their weapons are coming from and who has funded them over a period of 23 years?.

These are the questions the media and government leaders should be focusing on in order to combat Muslim extremists.

The reason the media and governments turn a blind eye on these questions is because the media and governments benefit from terrorism.


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