Madawi al-Rasheed highlights a very pointed trait of the Wahhabi movement in the book “Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation” :
“It is ironic that the call for jihad (with the tongue, heart and sword) was historically launched against fellow Muslims whose Islam was seen as corrupt or misguided, a situation that puts such Muslims in a category worse than the polytheists of Quraysh. It is a historical fact that most Wahhabi violence has targeted other Muslims rather than non-Muslims. This is not surprising, given that Wahhabi discourse continued to denounce Muslims whose Islam deviated from the true path as ahl al dhalal (those who have gone astray). Punishing errant Muslims should be harsher, according to Wahhabi interpretations. And resisting foreign occupation – for example, in Afghanistan and Iraq – is regarded by official Wahhabi scholars as illegitimate violence.”
Prophet Muhammed (peace and blessings of Allah(SWT) be upon him), about 1400 years ago, miraculously predicted the rise of Wahhabism that Madawi al-Rasheed accurately described :
6995. It is related that Abu Sa’id al-Khudri said, “Some gold was sent to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and he divided it between four people.”
Ibn Abi Nu’m related that Abu Sa’id al-Khudri said, “While ‘Ali was in Yemen, he sent some gold ore to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and he divided it between al-Aqra’ ibn Habis al-Hanzali (who was then one of the Banu Mujashi’), ‘Uyayna ibn Badr al-Fazari, ‘Alqama ibn ‘Ulatha al-‘Amiri (who was then one of the Banu Kilab) and Zayd al-Khayl at-Ta’i (who was then one of the Banu Nabhan). Quraysh and the Ansar became angry and said, ‘He gives to the chiefs of the people of Najd and leaves us!’ The Prophet said, ‘I attract their hearts.'” He said, “A man with sunken eyes, bulging forehead, thick beard, prominent cheeks, and shaved head came and said, ‘Muhammad, be fearful of Allah!’ The Prophet * replied, ‘Who would obey Allah if I disobeyed Him? He entrusts me over the people of the earth and you do not trust me?’ A man of the people asked if he could kill him ‚ I think it was Khalid ibn al-Walid ‚ and the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, forbade him. When the man turned away, the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘From the offspring of this one will emerge a people who recite the Book of Allah, but it will not go beyond their throats. They will pass through Islam like the arrow passes through game and they will kill the people of Islam and leave those who worship idols. If I were to meet them, I would kill them as ‘Ad was killed.'”
[Source: The Sahih Collection of al-Bukhari by Imam Bukhari Translated by: Ustadha Aisha Bewley]
The description predicted by the Prophet(peace be upon him) is another miracle that Muslims can witness and strengthen their faith with.
Also note how the Prophet (peace be upon him) would have treated them if alive today: “If I were to meet them, I would kill them as ‘Ad was killed.”