Vagabonds, Former Criminals, Ignorant Worshippers, and Pseudo-Scholars Constitute the Kharijite Hoardes and Leaders: A Recipe for Self-Destruction|
Posted by Abu Iyaad on Wednesday, October, 19 2016 and filed under Analysis
The Khārijites who revolted against ʿUthmān (raḍiyallāhu ʿanhu) were comprised of the dregs of society, the ghawghāʾ (riff-raff) and ḥathālah (villains, junk, refuse, filth). [Refer to al-Ṭabarī in his Tārīkh (4/461), Ibn Athīr in al-Kāmil (9/101), Ibn Saʿd in al-Ṭabaqāt (3/71) and Ibn Taymiyyah in Minhāj al-Sunnah (6/297)]. They were motivated by grievances material in nature. The Khārijites who revolted against ʿAlī (raḍiyallāhu ʿanhu) were ignorant worshippers, reciters of the Qurʾān whose ignorance and pseudo-scholarship prevented them from grasping its meanings and caused them to perish.
In light of this it can be noted that Khārijite movements are generally comprised of vagabonds, ruffians, the materially-inclined (including criminals and thugs), ignorant worshippers and pseudo-scholars who are taken as spiritual guides. It is inevitable therefore that they will spiral downwards into chaos because the very nature of their unsupported doctrine and the absence of genuine scholarship amongst them means that when faced with newly-arising situations and circumstances requiring legislative rulings, their personal interpretations and judgments, unguided by genuine scholarship and resting on unfounded, extremist doctrines will cause them to differ, split and turn against each other, such that they become preoccupied in that. This diminishes whatever strength they may have had and leads to them being defeated and “cut off” each time they appear as a fighting force. This is what happened to the earlier Khārijites, and the same thing is happening today with al-Qaeda, al-Nuṣrah and ISIS.
Indeed as the Tābiʿī Qatādah (118H) said:
And Wahb bin Munabbih (110H) said to a man he was advising regarding the Khārijites:
The Khārijite ideology [takfīrī-jihādism] by its nature implodes as they start making takfīr of each other, and then in turn, jihād against each other. So whilst they unleash horrendous evil for a period, the Prophetic traditions provide consolation and are clear that each time they appear they will be “cut off”.
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