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A Sufi Muslim Takes on Wahhabism

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Almost from the moment he sits down, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani goes on a sustained frontal attack on Wahhabism, the strain of Islamic thought that is currently and widely believed to be the ideological well-spring of Islamic extremism.

If Wahhabism had been an object standing right before him, it would have been reduced to pulp by the end of the hour-long interview.

But Shaykh Kabbani will tell you that it is not because he hates the Wahhabis. The chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, a religious organisation based in Washington DC whose mission, among others, is to 'educate government officials on the religion, culture and history of the Muslim world', says he is worried because Wahhabism is like an an octopus.

'Its tentacles are reaching everywhere.'

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A NATION CHALLENGED: THE CLERIC; Muslim Leader Who Was Once Labeled an Alarmist Is Suddenly a Sage

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Two years ago, an obscure Muslim spiritual leader named Sheik Muhammad Hisham Kabbani stepped to the microphone at the State Department and issued a chilling admonition to Americans to beware the Muslims in their midst.

He warned that Islamic extremists had infiltrated the vast majority of American Muslim mosques and student and community groups, and that they had bought more than 20 nuclear warheads and were paying former Soviet scientists to break them into chips that could be carried in suitcases.

''We want to tell people to be careful, that something major might hit quickly,'' he told a forum on Islam convened by the State Department.

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The U.S. "Has to Bring Moderate Muslims In"

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The chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America says only by reaching out to Islam's masses can hatred and terrorism be ended

Do Muslims hate America? Not at all, says Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America (ISCA). But he adds that Americans must understand the struggle going on inside one of the world's great cultures and religions. Recently, BusinessWeek contributing correspondent Raluca Topliceanu spoke with Kabbani about the reaction of Muslims to the bombings in Afghanistan and new fears about future attacks by Osama bin Laden. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation:

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Muhammad Hisham Kabbani: "The Muslim Experience in America Is Unprecedented"

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Muhammad Hisham Kabbani is the chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, a religious organization founded in 1997 with offices in Washington, D.C., and Michigan. A scholar and Sufi sheikh of the Naqshbandi order, he was born in 1945 in Beirut, Lebanon. He received an undergraduate degree from the American University of Beirut in chemistry, studied medicine at the University of Louvain in Belgium, and earned a degree in Islamic law from Damascus University. In 1991, he moved to the United States to establish traditional Islamic teaching and the Naqshbandi Sufi order, opening Islamic centers, founding a humanitarian aid organization, and engaging in interreligious dialogue. Sheikh Kabbani lives in California and the Midwest. The Middle East Quarterly interviewed him in Washington, D.C., in July, 1999, and conducted follow-up discussions with him in March, 2000.

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