Who Started the Wahhabi Movement and Why?

By meenakshi|Updated : July 18th, 2022

Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi started the Wahhabi Movement in early 1820. He was a socio-religious reformer from Bareli. The Wahhabi movement was an Islamic revivalist movement centered in Patna, Bihar, and aims for restoring the original spirit of Islam. The movement also stresses condemning the deviation of Islam. However, the Wahhabi movement was suppressed by the British force.

Wahhabi Movement Started by Whom?

The basic reason for starting the Wahhabi Movement was to overthrow the British in Bengal, and Sikhs in Punjab. It aims to restore the Islamic power in the country. The Movement was started by the followers of Abdul Wahab (1703-1792) in order to cleanse the Arab bedouin from the influence of Sufism. However, later the movement become rebellious and turned into an armed struggle. Seeing the fire of revolution among them, the British military suppressed the movement by 1870.

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  • The Wahhabi movement was started in early 1820 with the aim to restore Islam from the influence of the British in Bengal and Sikhs in Punjab.

  • Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi was the leader of the Wahhabi movement in India. He was a follower of  Abdul Wahab (1703-1792) who was an Arabian Islamic scholar, religious leader, activist, preacher, and reformer

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