TRIALS OF THE KHAWAARIJ
Shaykh Alee bin Abdur Rahman Al Hudhayfee
[(Rabee’uth Thaanee 29, 1425 (June 18, 2004)]
All praise is due to Allaah, Lord of all the worlds.
Peace and blessings of Allaah be upon the Messenger, his household and companions.
Fellow Muslims! Fear Allaah as He should be feared. That is the strongest stronghold for the Muslim in this world and his provision for the Hereafter.
Dear Muslims! The greatest act of righteousness is the one that benefits its doer and others like Islaamic monotheism, and the pillars of Islaam.
And the greatest sin is the one whose evil consequences are widespread, like polytheism and killing a soul that Allaah has forbidden from being killed.
وَالَّذِينَ يَنقُضُونَ عَهْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ بَعْدِ مِيثَاقِهِ وَيَقْطَعُونَ مَا أَمَرَ اللَّهُ بِهِ
أَنْ يُوصَلَ وَيُفْسِدُونَ فِي الأَرْضِ أُوْلَئِكَ لَهُمُ اللَّعْنَةُ وَلَهُمْ سُوءُ الدَّارِ
“And those who break the Covenant of Allaah, after its ratification, and sever that which Allaah has commanded to be joined (i.e. they sever the bond of kinship and are not good to their relatives), and work mischief in the land, on them is the curse (i.e. they will be far away from Allaah’s Mercy), and for them is the unhappy (evil) home (i.e. Hell).” (Ar-Ra‘d 13:25)
Dear brethren! This country, all praise be to Allaah, is a safe and peaceful country with its Islaam, its excellence values and its noble Sharee‘ah.
But it is a source of concern for the sincere lovers of Islaam and this country that a group of misguided individuals who misunderstood the injunctions of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah are revolting against the rulers, opposing the majority of the Muslims, causing mischief in the land and killing their fellow Muslims and non-Muslims who are living under the protection of Islaamic state.
These misguided individuals have also committed acts of sabotage and treachery, which indicate that they are ungrateful to Allaah for the blessing of security under whose shade the religion can be easily practiced.
فَإِذَا اطْمَأْنَنتُمْ فَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلاةَ إِنَّ الصَّلاةَ كَانَتْ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ كِتَابًا مَوْقُوتًا
“But when you are free from danger, perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as- Salât). Verily, As-Salât (the prayer) is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.” (An-Nisaa 4:103)
In the hadeeth, Allaah’s Messenger said,
من أصبَح آمنًا في سِربهُ معافًى في بدنهِ عنده قوتُ يومِه فكأنما حيزَت له الدنيا بحذافيرها
“Whoever wakes up in the morning securely comfortable, health in his body and having his daily bread; it is as if the whole world is put in his possession.”
Dear brethren! Human welfare entirely depends on security. We thank Allaah that the security of this country is firm-rooted.
No evil plan of mischief-makers can shake it because there are abundant elements of arresting and dousing its fire.
The rulers, the scholars and the citizens all stand united against every erroneous ideology that threatens the religion, the security, the interests and the stability of this country.
It is part of Allaah’s method that He has provided a way of dealing with big crimes and their perpetrators. He ordained law of requital [qisaas] for a murderer and cutting of a thief’s hand.
He says for example,
إِنَّمَا جَزَاءُ الَّذِينَ يُحَارِبُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَيَسْعَوْنَ فِي الأَرْضِ فَسَادًا
أَنْ يُقَتَّلُوا أَوْ يُصَلَّبُوا أَوْ تُقَطَّعَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَأَرْجُلُهُمْ مِنْ خِلافٍ أَوْ يُنفَوْا مِنْ الأَرْضِ
ذَلِكَ لَهُمْ خِزْيٌ فِي الدُّنيَا وَلَهُمْ فِي الآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ
“The recompense of those who wage war against Allaah and His Messenger and do mischief in the land is only that they shall be killed or crucified or their hands and their feet be cut off from opposite sides, or be exiled from the land. That is their disgrace in this world, and a great torment is theirs in the Hereafter.” (Al-Maaidah 5:33)
If the criminal escapes from the punishment of law, he can never escape from the punishment of fate for his crime.
Allaah’s Messenger said,
إنَّ الله ليُملِي للظالم حتى إذا أخَذَه لم يُفلته
“Allaah gives respite to an oppressor until when He sizes him He will not let him escape.”
The crimes committed by these khawaarij are indeed great. Allaah says,
وَمَنْ يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَاؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ
وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا
“And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein; and the Wrath and the Curse of Allaah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him.” (An-Nisaa 4:93)
Allaah’s Messenger said,
لن يزالَ المؤمِن في فُسحةٍ من دينه ما لم يصِب دمًا حرامًا
“The Muslim shall remain safe in matters of his religion as long as he has not killed an inviolable soul.”
He also said,
قَتلُ المؤمن أعظمُ عند الله من زوال الدنيا
“Killing of a Muslim is more serious in the sight of Allaah than annihilation of this world.”
He also said,
لو أنَّ أهلَ السماءِ وأهلَ الأرض اشتركوا في دمِ مؤمنٍ لأكبَّهم الله في النار
“If all the inhabitants of the heavens and the earth were to collectively kill a Muslim, Allaah would cast all them to Hell.”
These misguided individuals also killed protected souls.
And Allaah says,
وَلا تَقْتُلُوا النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ إِلاَّ بِالْحَقِّ
“And kill not anyone whom Allaah has forbidden, except for a just cause (according to Islaamic law).” (Al-An‘aam 6:151)
Allaah’s Messenger said,
من قَتَل معاهدًا لم يرح رائحةَ الجنة
““Whoever kills a non-Muslim living under the protection of the Muslim state shall never perceive the fragrance of Paradise.”
Another great crime committed by these unscrupulous individuals is abducting non-Muslims who are under the protection of the Muslim state and killing them.
This is, doubtlessly a treacherous and disgraceful act whose punishment is very severe.
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يُحِبُّ الْخَائِنِينَ
“Certainly Allaah love those who are treacherous.” (Al-Anfaal 8:58)
Allaah also says, “
وَلا تَكُنْ لِلْخَائِنِينَ خَصِيمًا
“Be not a pleader for the treacherous.” (An-Nisaa 4:105)
The Prophet said,
إنّ الغادرَ ينصَب له لواءٌ يومَ القيامةِ فيقال: هذهِ غَدرةُ فلان بنِ فلان
“A flag with be hoisted for every betrayer on the Day of Resurrection. And it will be said, ‘this is the treachery of so-and-so son of so-and-so.”’ (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)
This is the punishment of disgrace in the presence of all creatures on the Day of Judgment, but the punishment of Hell shall be more severe.
Dear brethren! If a non-Muslim is given a pledge of protection by any Muslim even if it a woman, no one is permitted to kill him, seize his property, kidnap him or harm him.
Allaah’s Messenger said,
المسلمون تتكافَأ دماؤهم، ويسعى بذمَّتهم أدناهم، ويجيرُ عليهم أقصَاهم،
وهُم يدٌ على مَن سِواهم
“Muslims are equal in terms of blood. The promise of protection given by the humblest among them must be respected by all, and the one residing far away may give protection on their behalf. They are like one hand against all those who are outside their community.” (Aboo Daawood)
How then will it be if the one who gives the pledge of protection is the leader of the Muslims or one his agents?
The khawaarij should understand these injunctions.
They should ask the scholars matters of their religion, which are unclear to them.
Let them fear Allaah regarding their religion, their own selves, their society and the families.
Let them ask themselves: are they correct and the scholars wrong?
Let them return to Allaah in repentance before they die upon their state of renouncing Allaah, His Messenger and their fellow Muslims.
Among the crimes committed by these individuals is self-destruction.
And Allaah has promised a punishment for those who kill themselves.
وَلا تَقْتُلُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ بِكُمْ رَحِيمًا وَمَنْ يَفْعَلْ ذَلِكَ عُدْوَانًا
وَظُلْمًا فَسَوْفَ نُصْلِيهِ نَارًا وَكَانَ ذَلِكَ عَلَى اللَّهِ يَسِيرًا
“O you who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves unjustly except it be a trade amongst you, by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely, Allaah is Most Merciful to you. And whoever commits that through aggression and injustice, We shall cast him into the Fire, and that is easy for Allaah.” (An-Nisaa 4:29-30)
Aboo Hurayrah reported that Allaah’s Messenger said,
من تردَّى من جبلٍ فقَتَل نفسَه فهو في نار جهنّم يتردَّى فيها خالدًا مخلَّدًا أبدًا،
ومن تحسَّى سُمًّا فقتل نفسَه فسمُّه في يدِه
يتحسَّاه في نار جهنّم خالدًا مخلّدًا فيها أبدًا،
ومَن قتَل نفسَه بحديدةٍ فحديدتُه في يده
يتوجَّأ بها في بطنِه في نار جهنَّم خالدًا مخلَّدًا فيها أبدًا
“Whoever kills himself with a steel [weapon] will have the weapon in his hand and will continue stabbing it into his stomach in the Fire of Hell forever and ever. Whoever kills himself by drinking poison will sip it in the Fire of Hell forever and ever. Whoever kills himself by jumping from a mountain will keep throwing himself [off a mountain] in the Fire of Hell forever and ever.”
O you who have revolted against the authority and oppose the majority of the Muslims, listen to the saying of Allaah’s Messenger,
إنَّ الشيطانَ ذِئبُ الإنسان، كذئبِ الغنَم، يأخذُ الشاةَ القاصِية والناحية،
فإيّاكم والشِّعاب، وعليكم بالجماعة والعامَّة والمسجد
“Certainly, Satan is to man as a fox is to sheep. The fox seizes the isolated goat. Beware of dissention and discord and be with the community of the Muslims.” (At-Tabaraanee)
I am therefore asking these khawaarij if they pray behind the Imaam of the two sacred mosques when they come here. If they do, they are right.
It is then incumbent upon them to accept his saying supported with evidences on the falsehood of their ideologies and sabotaging ways.
But if they believe that the Imaam of the two sacred mosques should not be followed in prayers, their error is then vividly clear like a midday sun, for this belief of theirs implies that the prayers of millions of Muslims who pray behind the Imaam of the sacred mosques will be rejected and that it is only their own prayers that will be accepted. And this is a manifest error.
هُوَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلَ عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ مِنْهُ آيَاتٌ مُحْكَمَاتٌ هُنَّ أُمُّ الْكِتَابِ
وَأُخَرُ مُتَشَابِهَاتٌ فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ زَيْغٌ فَيَتَّبِعُونَ مَا تَشَابَهَ مِنْهُ ابْتِغَاءَ الْفِتْنَةِ وَابْتِغَاءَ تَأْوِيلِهِ وَمَا يَعْلَمُ تَأْوِيلَهُ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَالرَّاسِخُونَ فِي الْعِلْمِ
يَقُولُونَ آمَنَّا بِهِ كُلٌّ مِنْ عِنْدِ رَبِّنَا وَمَا يَذَّكَّرُ إِلاَّ أُوْلُوا الأَلْبَابِ
رَبَّنَا لا تُزِغْ قُلُوبَنَا بَعْدَ إِذْ هَدَيْتَنَا وَهَبْ لَنَا مِنْ لَدُنْكَ رَحْمَةً إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْوَهَّابُ
“It is He Who has sent down to you (Muhammad (peace be upon him)) the Book (this Qur’ân). In it are Verses that are entirely clear; they are the foundations of the Book and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they follow that of it, which is unspecific, seeking discord, seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its true interpretation except Allaah. But those firm in knowledge say, ‘We believe in it all of it is from our Lord.’ And no one will be reminded except those of understanding. (They say): “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.” (Aal ‘Imraan 3:7-8)
Fellow Muslims! Know the truth you will know people of truth. Men are identified by the truth and not the other way round.
Dear brethren! Your country is now infested with the crisis of the khawaarij that threatens your religion, your society and your security.
It threatens the security men who spend sleepless nights in the service of the pilgrims and the visitors and in the service of their nation and religion.
This crisis also threatens ordinary Muslims and non-Muslims who are under our protection.
This crisis serves none but enemies of Islaam and enemies of this country. We should therefore join hands to nip this crisis in the bud.
وَتَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الْبِرِّ وَالتَّقْوَى وَلا تَعَاوَنُوا عَلَى الإِثْمِ وَالْعُدْوَانِ
وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ
“Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is Severe in punishment.” (Al-Maaidah 5:2)
Allaah also says,
وَاعْتَصِمُوا بِحَبْلِ اللَّهِ جَمِيعًا وَلا تَفَرَّقُوا وَاذْكُرُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ
إِذْ كُنْتُمْ أَعْدَاءً فَأَلَّفَ بَيْنَ قُلُوبِكُمْ فَأَصْبَحْتُمْ بِنِعْمَتِهِ إِخْوَانًا
وَكُنْتُمْ عَلَى شَفَا حُفْرَةٍ مِنْ النَّارِ
فَأَنْقَذَكُمْ مِنْهَا كَذَلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ
“And hold fast, all of you together, to the Rope of Allaah (i.e. this Qur’aan), and be not divided among yourselves.” (Aal ‘Imraan 3:103)
If you are had thought over the consequences of this crisis, you would have made all efforts to douse its fire.
وَمَنْ يُرِدْ اللَّهُ فِتْنَتَهُ فَلَنْ تَمْلِكَ لَهُ مِنْ اللَّهِ شَيْئًا أُوْلَئِكَ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يُرِدْ اللَّهُ
أَنْ يُطَهِّرَ قُلُوبَهُمْ لَهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا خِزْيٌ وَلَهُمْ فِي الآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ
“And whomsoever Allaah wants to put in Al-Fitnah (error, because of his rejecting of Faith), you can do nothing for him against Allaah. Those are the ones whose hearts Allaah does not want to purify (from disbelief and hypocrisy); for them there is a disgrace in this world, and in the Hereafter a great torment.” (Al-Maaidah 5:41)
Allaah also says,
وَاتَّقُوا فِتْنَةً لا تُصِيبَنَّ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مِنْكُمْ خَاصَّةً وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ
“And fear the Fitnah (affliction and trial) which affects not in particular (only) those of you who do wrong (but it may afflict all the good and the bad people), and know that Allaah is Severe in punishment.” (Al-Anfaal 8:25)
Brethren in faith! Men of security forces deserve our praise and supplications. The society should regard those of them who die in the service as martyrs.
Finally, I implore you and myself to abide by the Prophetic injunction that goes thus:
“I command you to fear Allaah and to hear and obey even of a slave is made the leader over you. For whoever lives long among you shall see much differences. Hold fast unto my way and the way of the righteous guided successors after me.”