What was the Aim of the Wahabi Movement?

By K Balaji|Updated : August 18th, 2022

The Wahabi Movement aimed to overpower the Sikhs in Punjab by stretching the British all over India and reviving the lost glory of the former Muslim rulers of the subcontinent.

This Movement, centred around Patna, was an Islamic missionary action that stressed criticism of any transition into the original Islam and was led by Syed Ahmed Barelvi. The Movement stopped entirely by the year 1870.

The Wahabi movement diverted into an armed fight against the British when the revolt of 1857 happened, encouraging them to carry out extensive military operations against the campaign's supporters.

Wahabi Movement Aim and Results

The Wahabi Movement got launched by Sayyid Ahmad (1786-1831) of Rae Bareli. His writings reveal an understanding of the growing British presence in India, and he considered British India a Daru'l Harb (place of war).

The government took drastic measures to stop the Movement's heavy losses, including undertaking many studies, arresting the leaders, giving them long-term imprisonment and seizing their properties.

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  • The aim of the Wahabi Movement was to defeat Punjab Sikhs, extend the British rule all over the country and rejuvenate the abandoned glory of the past Muslim rulers.

  • The publicity of Wahhabism in the Kashmir Valley led to the bombing of Sufi dargahs. The Wahhabis supported a ban on Sufi Islam music, made it mandatory for Muslim women to wear Burqa, and presented new devotion practices.

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