Ibn Taymiyya on why the Khawarij left the religion

The prophetic narrations regarding the khawarij, relate that they would thrust their self away from the religion of Islam.

Narrated ‘Ali: I relate the traditions of Allah’s Apostle to you for I would rather fall from the sky than attribute something to him falsely. But when I tell you a thing which is between you and me, then no doubt, war is guile. I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “In the last days of this world there will appear some young foolish people who will use (in their claim) the best speech of all people (i.e. the Qur’an) and they will abandon Islam as an arrow going through the game. Their belief will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will have practically no belief), so wherever you meet them, kill them, for he who kills them shall get a reward on the Day of Resurrection.” [Sahih Bukhari, Book 56 Hadith 808] 

This leaving the religion, according to Ibn Taymiyya, was due to their branding of Muslims as being non-Muslims: “Since they were armed and inclined to fight, their opposition to the community manifested when they started killing the people. However, as for today, most people [due to their religious garb and appearance] do not know of them…… [A]nd their ‘passing through the religion’ is their leaving it because of having declared lawful the blood and wealth of Muslims.” [Ibn Taymiyya, al-Nubuwwat, p.222]

Ibn Taymiyya elsewhere also confirms the emergence of the Khawarij movement during the end times: “And these Kharjites are not only the armed group that was known in history [during the caliphate of ‘Ali]; rather, they are the ones who will appear time and time again until the time of the al-Dajjal. The Prophet’s particular mention of the group that appeared during the time of ‘Ali b. Abi Talib was due to the many traits found in them. Anyone in whom these traits are found is counted amongst them, for the particular mention of them [by the Prophet (peace be upon him)] was not because the ruling applied to them alone, but rather it was because those who were addressed during the Prophet’s time needed to fix the identity in the times to come.” [Ibn Taymiyya, Majmua al-fatawa, 28:495-496]

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4 comments

  1. The so called “Wahabbis” follow Ibn Taymiyyah teachings and give him the status of “Sheikh Ul Islam” and nowadays they are under threat by ISIS possible attack so how they can be termed as “Khawarij” themselves.
    Please stop propagating wrong information

    1. No doubt Ibn Taymiyya is the Lutherian figure for Wahhabism and Salafism, but there is still a massive lot from Ibn Taymiyya that they reject.

      ISIS is a child of Wahhabism and they don’t differ in creed or ideology. Only difference of Saudi protected Wahhabism from ISIS is that one opposes the Saudi monarchy while other stands behind it. Even Qaeda is under attack from ISIS, and that does not mean Qaeda is no longer a Kharijite movement. They are all splinter groups from the mother of all Kharijite group of end times, the Wahhabi movement.

      You might want to read this:
      Wahhabism, the Brotherhood of those who obeyed Allah and ISIS: Has history repeated itself?
      https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/resources/reports-and-publications/13903-wahhabism-the-brotherhood-and-isis-has-history-repeated-itself

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