Wahhabism is not a sect of Islam. What is being referred to is the interpretation of Muhammad Abd al-Wahhab, who saw his fellow Muslims being diverted from the path of Islam as it had been delivered by the prophet Muhammad sallahu alayhi wa salam. Therefore, he enjoined for them to return to the pure teachings of Islam and leave the new corrupted ideologies and beliefs.
Saudis do not accept to be labelled “Wahhabis”. We are Muslims. The King Salman bin Abdulaziz said: “Some people use the word Wahhabism to describe the message of Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab in order to isolate Saudi Muslims from the rest of the Muslim world.”
The government of Saudi Arabia does not support or fund the murderers who have collected under the banner of the Islamic State. Their ideology is not one that we recognise, or that would be recognised by the vast majority of Muslims around the world.
[Aforementioned points shared some time back from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Kingdom]
AbdulFattaah Bin Uthman