History has shown that every new sect commenced as a
social or political party, which, with public support and encouragement,
develops into a religious sect. In the light of this knowledge, one sees clear
signs of such a sect rising in South Africa in juxtaposition with the culture
and constitution of the new South Africa.
The majority of Muslims in this country subscribe to the
orthodox Sunni faith, which traces it's origin to the earliest source of Islamic
history or tradition, and has for years managed to maintain it's pristine
Islamic culture and values. The emergence of this new sect, from within the
Muslim community, aims to undermine and defeat the vigour of this vibrant Sunni
We find, evidently, that amongst the strategies now being
employed by this new sect, which has its root in the Wahabi Deobandi system of
belief, and who have vociferously proclaimed Meelad and Salaam as "Bid'at" and "Haraam"
now, surprisingly, mixing with the Sunnis. Suddenly their is surge of Zikr
programmes (previously never held!) in their masajids and they are now
participating in Jalsas and Meelad. They even permit Sunnis to perform Zikr and
Salaam in their mosques. Their "schemes" involves partaking in Niyaaz not only
in Meelads but also functions hosted by other religious groups. Furthermore,
part of their strategy is to be actively involved in trade meetings and grab
every opportunity to lecture and make themselves be heard.
Does this mean that there is a sudden change of heart? Have
they suddenly realised that the Sunni path is the true and guided path? No. This
is not their intention. Once they have succeeded in attaining our trust they
begin to use us for commercial benefits and together with the forces of other
enemies, they proceed to mislead and destroy our Sunni community.
Will the Muslim community silently allow this exploitation?
Are we so uncaring to ignore such a threat to our Imaan? The trusting, guiless
and simple Sunnis are impressed by these "dramas" and appoint these "actors" as
their religious leaders.
There is a crying need for Sunnis to arm ourselves with
knowledge and maintain a strong foothold of their Imaan.