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Bosnian Muslim Academics Condemn Wahhabism After Attack on U.S. Embassy

12:01 PM, Dec 7, 2011 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
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Durakovic echoed Hafizovic’s warnings about Wahhabi ambitions toward the control of Bosnian young people. “They have entered deeply into the system, they educate the youth while the leadership of the Islamic Community is silent or flatters them as ‘the new Muslims,’” he said.

Both Hafizovic and Durakovic called on the Bosnian state to act against Wahhabi infiltration and further demanded that the Bosnian Muslim religious leadership abandon their posture of approval for Wahhabism and counter it by improving the quality of religious education and carrying opposition to Wahhabi doctrine to the ordinary believers.

Durakovic noted that while he attends Friday prayers regularly in different mosques in Sarajevo, he has yet to hear a preacher criticize Wahhabism or defend the Bosnian style of Islam. He added that everywhere he has gone in the Arab lands he has praised the distinct nature of Bosnian Islam, as “very simple, light, not overbearing. . . . ‘Bosnian Islam’ . . . has a special quality which I recognize and call an accentuated sense of tolerance.”

Wahhabism, he said, is "being exported into Bosnia-Herzegovina from Saudi Arabia, but it often arrives through Vienna and who knows where—even though Saudi Arabia is its homeland—and in Bosnia-Herzegovina it is defined as a movement, meaning that it seeks to conquer the land, having decided to occupy it in its entirety. The movement . . . now manifests its expansionist character, with intolerance as its fundamental principle.”

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