ISIL Emanates from Saudi-Financed Wahhabism: Merkel's Deputy
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Sunday "Wahhabism" provided the complete ideology of ISIL, urged the kingdom to stop financing the deviated ideology abroad.
"From Saudi Arabia, Wahhabi mosques are financed throughout the world," said Gabriel, referring to a fundamentalist, deviated ideology preached in 18th century by Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Wahhab, who co-founded the Saudi state.
"In Germany many extremists considered dangerous persons, emerge from these communities," he told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag, AFP reported.
Gabriel, who is Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy in a left-right coalition, warned against alienating Saudi Arabia, a crucial player in the bid to end the Syrian war.
"At the same time we must make it clear to the Saudis that the time of looking the other way is over," said Gabriel, who is also economy minister.
The preaching associated with Wahhabi ideology has been accused of inspiring extremists from Osama bin Laden to ISIL (also known as Daesh).
Gabriel, head of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), urged decisive steps in Germany against radical mosques associated with the ultraconservative, Salafist ideology.
"This radical fundamentalism taking place in Salafist mosques is no less dangerous than right-wing extremism," he said.
The head of the SPD parliamentary group, Thomas Oppermann, also urged steps against preaching that contradicts the basic freedoms guaranteed in the German constitution.
"We will prevent Saudi help in the building or financing of mosques in Germany where Wahhabi ideas are to be disseminated," he told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
Wahhabism provided the "complete ideology of ISIL and contributes in other countries to a radicalization of moderate Muslims," he said, adding that "this is something we don't need and don't want in Germany".
The SPD leaders' comments were published days after Merkel's government was embarrassed by the release of a damning report on Saudi Arabia by its own foreign intelligence service, the BND.
The report accused Saudi Arabia of an increasingly "impulsive" foreign policy with the goal of becoming the "leaders of the Arab world".
Merkel's government Friday rejected the BND's findings and called Riyadh, the world's top oil exporter, a key partner in regional conflict resolution.