Correction: After several months, I finally realized this article has a persistent typo. The correct transliteration is “Wahhabi” not “Wahabbi.” Therefore the title should properly be When did the Wahhabi Movement become Muslim? Arabic does not favor a double consonant at the end, and I should have known better. Rather than correct the entire piece, I’m simply putting the caveat up front. Sorry for the confusion.
This is a serious question: When did the Wahabbi movement become Muslim?
Just finished re-reading Hamid Algar’s excellent essay, Wahabbism: A Critical Essay, and the one question that he never answers is when did the movement become Muslim?
A few authors, thankfully, are now talking about how the Wahabbi movement was initially not considered Muslim. They also talk about how the Wahabbi movement exercises control in the Muslim world. But I have yet to find a source that tells me how or when the Wahabbis became Muslim.
Until then I can only assume that we, that is Muslims, are allowing a group that has traditionally been considered non-Muslim, to tell us what the true meaning of our religion is.
Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.