What was the Aim of the Wahabi Movement?

By K Balaji|Updated : January 9th, 2023

The aim of the Wahabi Movement was to overthrow the Sikhs in Punjab by extending the British all over India and resurrecting the lost glory of the subcontinent's former Muslim rulers. This Movement, centred in Patna, was an Islamic missionary action led by Syed Ahmed Barelvi that emphasised criticism of any transition into original Islam. It was a well-planned and serious challenge to British supremacy in India.

Aim of the Wahabi Movement

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.

Sayyid Ahmad (1786-1831) of Rae Bareli founded the Wahabi Movement. His writings reveal a grasp of the growing British presence in India, and he regarded British India as a Daru'l Harb (place of war). Wahabism is a conservative branch of Sunni Islam that aims to eradicate the malpractices that have seeped into the Muslim community. It also aimed to restore the lost glory of the Muslim rulers of the Indian subcontinent.

The Wahabi movement was a revivalist movement that tried purifying Islam by eliminating the un-Islamic practices in Muslim society. The government took drastic measures to stem the Movement's heavy losses, including conducting numerous studies, arresting the leaders, imprisoning them for long periods of time, and seizing their property. The Movement stopped entirely by the year 1870. 

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FAQs on Wahabi Movement Aim

  • The aim of the Wahabi Movement was to defeat Punjab Sikhs, extend British rule all over the country and rejuvenate the abandoned glory of the past Muslim rulers. The main objective of the movement was to eradicate the malpractices in the Islam community and purify it.

  • 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. The movement was suppressed completely by the year 1870.

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