Shaykh Abu Abdullah Khalid Uthmaan Al-Misree said, “The danger of the Khawaarij is nothing new.
It began ever since the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) warned against them as the first person to fall into this deviant group was at the time of the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam); this individual’s name was Dhul Khuwaysarah at-Tameemee. He opposed Allah’s Messenger and accused him of being unjust by saying, “Be just O Messenger of Allah, for you have not been just!” The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied: “Waylak! (du’aa that this person be punished for what he said). If I am not just then who will be just? I have indeed fallen into loss if I have not been just.” In another narration: “Indeed, you will have fallen into loss if I am not just.”
This incident was the beginning of the Khawaarij. The progeny of Dhul Khuwaysarah up to this time continue to oppose the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger with their thoughts and ideas, and they do not accept any hadeeth that differs with their way of thinking.
The affair of the Khawaarij continued after the death of the Messenger ofAllah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and during the Khilaafah of ‘Uthmaan (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu), the horn of this group appeared once again and they gathered in order to kill him.
After this they divided and dispersed in different lands and then gathered once again during the Khilaafah of ‘Ali (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu). At the beginning of the affair they appeared to have allegiance to ‘Alibut once ‘Ali differed with Mu’aawiyyah, who asked for Allah’s Book to be put into place so it could be the guideline to judge between their affairs, a group from the army of ‘Ali opposed this.
So they (the Khawaarij) differed with ‘Ali and he fought against them and many of them were killed. Ibn ‘Abbaas (radhiyAllahu ‘anhumaa) debated with a number of them and many left the methodology they were following. This has continuously been the way of the Khawaarij throughout history – they always oppose the Companions of Allah’sMessenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). When Ibn ‘Abbaas went to debate with them he said: “I have just come to you from the Companions of Allah’s Messenger and I do not see any one of them with you.”
As reported in Saheeh Muslim on the authority of Zayd Ibn Wahb al-Juhanee, ‘Ali said: “O you people I have heard the Messenger of Allah saying that your recitation of the Qur’aan has no comparison to their recitation of the Qur’aan and your Salaah has no comparison to their Salaah and your fasting has no comparison to their fasting. They read the Qur’aan but it is not a proof for them, rather it is a proof against them. It does not go past their throats and they leave Islaam just as the arrow leaves the prey.”
So fighting against the Khawaarij in every era is an obligation upon the leader of the Muslims if they fight against the Muslims. The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) encouraged the Muslims to fight against them when he said: “If I were to reach them I would kill them like the people of ‘Aad.” He said in another hadeeth: “Wherever you happen to meet them, then kill them.”
The Khawaarij have agreed about many affairs from the times of old and there are many groups of the Khawaarij, the most extreme of them being the Azaariqah.
Abu Muhammad al-Yemani mentions in “The Creed of the Seventy-Three Sects” that these sects agree about several things. From amongst them is the Imaamah of Abu Bakr in addition to other matters. Of the things they all agree upon is that whoever commits a major sin is considered a kaafir. Some of them have said that if a person were to look at a woman who is not his relative, or to kiss her, then he is a mushrik.
Ibn al-Azraq was one of the leaders of this sect and was one of the only ones to differ with the others in saying that it is permissible to kill children, the elderly, the sick and the blind – they have many views that are totally ridiculous. Najda Ibn ‘Aamir al-Harooree, the leader of an-Najadaat differed with Ibn al-Azraq regarding this despite the fact that they both agreed that whoever commits a major sin is a kaafir.
This has been the affair of the Khawaarij since they first appeared; they fight one another and pronounce takfeer upon one another.
One of the contemporary groups of the Khawaarij is known as DAAISH (ISIS). They became famous with this name and we have absolutely no doubt that they are Khawaarij.
This group began a few years ago in ‘Iraaq and in the beginning they had a difference of opinion with another group called Jabahat an-Nusrah in Syria. Initially, they were with al-Qaa’idah and Ibn Laden but they went against Ayman adh-Dhawaahiree when he assumed leadership (of al-Qaa’idah). ISIS did not want this and this is when they broke up and began differing with one another. They assumed another name – before taking on the name ISIS – around the time when Abu Mus’ab al-Zurqaawee was one of the leaders of al-Qaa’idah.
When they first started fighting against the Russians, they would murder them in a very heinous, grotesque manner and it seems like they were doing this on purpose in order to deter people from Islaam. In essence, this group is nothing but an extension of the old group called the Khawaarij. They fight with one another just as the Khawaarij of the past did – as the Azaariqah did with an-Najadaat. Likewise, these modern day groups fight with one another, kill one another and pronounce takfeer on one another.
This Khaarijee group continued until this man known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdaadi took charge of it around two years ago and he brought together two different groups to form the group known as ISIS. The first was known as ‘The Islaamic State of Iraq’ and the second, ‘Jabahat an-Nusrah’.
As was to be expected, there was differing between these two groups so anyone who disagreed with his group and political agenda, he would order for their heads to be cut off in public places and for it to be videotaped as a way of terrifying the people. This is nothing to be amazed about because this group, we believe that they are nothing but puppets for the Jews and Christians in America and the least that can be said about them is that they are opening the doors for the disbelievers to come in and interfere in the lands of the Muslims.
We say what one of the Salaf has said: “The people of bidah are more dangerous and more harmful to Islaam than the Jews and the Christians.”
In addition to this group ISIS, there is another group in Libya called Ansaar ash-Sharee’ah (The Helpers/ Protectors of the Sharee’ah) but they are more deserving of being called Ansaar ash-Shar (The Helpers/ Protectors of Evil) because they are nothing but an extension of the Khawaarij.
ISIS and Ansaar ash-Shar help one another and ISIS sends them troops for their plotting in Libya, and they are masters at slaughtering Muslims, especially the righteous Muslims and the Salafis. They kill anyone who warns against their da’wah – this is what happened in Libya. They gathered a number of those who gave Friday Khutbahs from amongst the Salafis who warned against them and they slaughtered them all in public.
So exactly what Allah Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said about the Khawaarij applies to these groups when he said: “They murder the people of Islaam and leave alone the people of idol worship.”
So these groups, not only are they not fighting against the enemies of Islaam, they are fighting the Muslims and they especially choose the righteous Muslims to murder. What applies to them is the hadeeth of the Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) which was reported by Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree: “They are the worst of creation, so glad tidings to whoever kills them.”
They claim to be calling to the Book of Allah but they are far from it. They are claiming to have established an Islaamic government and they claim that it is obligatory for the Muslims to make Hijrah to them and live under their jurisdiction but they are far away from having established any Islaamic jurisdiction.
What applies to them is the hadeeth of the Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam): “Whoever kills them is more deserving of Allah than them.”
Fighting against the Khawaarij and killing them is something that has a lot of blessings in it and is an obligation upon the Muslim leader to fight against them if they begin killing the Muslims.
However, fighting against the Khawaarij has to be something that is organized by the leader of the Muslims and it has to be a leader who has weapons, power and an army.
We must fight against the Khawaarij when the ability is present as is reported in the hadeeth found in Bukhaaree and Muslim that the Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever takes up harms against us in not one of us.”
So these Khawaarij – the likes of ISIS – who are killing Muslims and drawing arms against them, they are not of us.
Abu Sa’eed al-Khudree (radhiyAllahu ‘anhu) used to say: “Fighting against the Khawaarij is more beloved to me than fighting against the people of shirk.”
So fighting against groups like this is a means of protecting the blood of the Muslims. If they are taking up arms against the Muslims and fighting against innocent civilians who are Muslims then fighting against them is a way of protecting the people of Islaam and the Muslims must know the ruling on fighting against them – they must learn this. This fighting must be an organized fighting, not just chaos that takes place in the streets; it must be under an organized army officiated by a Muslim leader.
We ask Allah to remove all of the evil and trials and tribulations of these groups of the Khawaarij such as ISIS and Ansaar ash-Shar, al-Qaa’idah and the likes (ameen).
We ask Allah to remove all of the evil and harm they are causing to the Muslims (ameen) and they are nothing but a modern day extension of the Khawaarij groups of the past such as the Azaariqah and an-Najadaat ,so may Allah do away with them (ameen).” Ref: Mpubs.org
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie