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Questionable Teachings of Islam:

                                  One Billion People Deceived


        The name Suffi is derived from the Arabic noun, "suf," which means wool. The importance
        of wool to the Suffis is based upon the account that this is the traditional material that
        Muhammad's  garments  were  made  of. This  sub-group  embraces  Islam  in  more  of  a
        mystical and spiritual way as compared to other Muslim groups. Suffis believe that their
        personal union with their god, Allah, is obtained not only through traditional prayer and
        meditation but by dancing in a twirling motion known as the "Dervish Dance." Members
        of this group oftentimes travel throughout the world to present colorful and highly skilled
        dancing performances to the general public.

        Suffis  are  considered  as  a  controversial  sect  within  Islam  due  to  their  variance  with
        fundamental Islamic teachings and traditions. The religious leaders of the Suffis are called
        "Shayks" who provide spiritual counsel and personal guidance to their followers.


        This  group  was  organized  by  Muhammad  ibn  'Abd  al-Wahhab  in  Saudi  Arabia
        approximately two-hundred years ago. Wahhab (1703-1792) determined that all Muslim
        sects had strayed from the straight path of Islam and that the fundamental teachings of
        Muhammad  had  to  be  restored.  In this  regard,  Wahhabis  have  become  the  most
        aggressive followers of Islam in their strict adherence to the basic teachings of the Qur'an
        and the Shari'a  form  of  Islamic  jurisprudence.  They are closely  aligned with the royal
        family of Saudi Arabia through marriage and their strict religious influence controls Saudi
        life to this day.

        The  goals  of  the  Wahhabis  movement  are  to  restore  the  core  teachings  of  Islam  as
        observed during the first four caliphs that succeeded Muhammad. They are also very much
        against the encroachment of Western influence into the Middle East and have been at odds
        with the royal family for establishing ties with the United States and other non-Islamic
        countries. The ruling power of Saudi Arabia greatly rests within Wahhabi influence and
        internal  disagreements  over  the  present  political  relationships  with  Western  nations  is
        likely to cause the overthrow of Saudi royalty, much the same as when the Shah of Iran
        was deposed in 1979 by hard-line Islamic fundamentalism.

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