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or Wa·ha·bi (wä-hä′bē)
n. pl. Wah·ha·bis or Wa·ha·bis
A member of a Muslim sect founded by Abdul Wahhab (1703-1792), known for its strict observance of the Koran and flourishing mainly in Arabia.

Wah·ha′bism (-bĭz′əm) n.


(wəˈhɑːbɪ) or


n, pl -bis
(Islam) a member of a strictly conservative Muslim sect founded in the 18th century with the aim of eliminating all innovations later than the 3rd century of Islam
Wahˈhabism, Waˈhabism n


or Wa•ha•bi

(wəˈhɑ bi, wɑ-)

also Wah•ha•bite


n., pl. -bis also -bites.
a member of a conservative Muslim group founded orig. by followers of ‘Abd al-Wahhab (1703–92).
[1800–10; < Arabic, =‘Abd al-Wahhab + suffix of appurtenance]
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Noun1.Wahhabi - a member of a strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect from Saudi Arabia; strives to purify Islamic beliefs and rejects any innovation occurring after the 3rd century of Islam; "Osama bin Laden is said to be a Wahhabi Muslim"
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
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The driving force behind the Takfiri and terrorist groups is the Wahhabi extremist streams which have been created and nurtured by the hegemonic powers," Amoli Larijani said.
It is mentioned that Vice President, Nuri al-Maliki said in a televised interview: "The root of the terrorism, extremism and Takfiri is the Wahhabi sect in Saudi Arabia.
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Later, following the evening prayer an hour after sunset, King Salman and Crown Prince Muqrin will receive pledges of allegiance from other ruling family members, Wahhabi clerics, tribal chiefs, leading businessmen and other Saudi subjects.
Ever since jihadists took over Islam's holiest shrine in Mecca in 1979, proclaiming that Saudi Arabia's rulers were not pious enough, Saudi Arabia has redoubled its commitment to Wahhabi or Salafist Islam -- the most puritanical, anti-pluralistic and anti-women version of that faith.
Before going to Saudi Arabia, President Ma'ssoum went to Najaf and met with Grand Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani (the highest religious authority in Shi'ism who is opposed to Iran's theocratic rule) and obtained the imam's blessings for the visit to the Wahhabi kingdom.
Since the 1980-88 war between Iran and Saddam Hussein's Iraq, most of the Iranian media have regularly attacking the Saudi regime, which is Wahhabi, of persecuting the Shi'ite Arab minority of the kingdom).
Only moderate Muslims can stop the spread of radical Islam and the intolerant Wahhabi form upon which radical Islamic ideology is founded.
On various occasions since the 2011 Arab Spring of revolts, Shaikh Nimr led Shi'ite protest against Riyadh and the Wahhabi religious establishment.
Damascus, SANA -- Religious Endowments (Awqaf) Minister Mohammad Abdelsattar al-Sayyed stressed that the Saudi Wahhabi regime deprived the Syrian people from their right to perform the religious duty of Hajj for the third year in a row as it has directed the Saudi Ministry of Hajj to prevent the Syrians from performing this holy duty.
Gardner wrote in his article that "Jihadi extremism does present a threat to the Kingdom, but in doctrinal terms it is hard to see in what way it deviates from Wahhabi orthodoxy, with its literalist and exclusivist rendering of Sunni Islam.