ISIS, Al-Qā’idah, Al-Ikhwān Al-Muslimīn, & Jabhah An-Nusrah are Khawārij – Dogs of the Hell Fire | Shaykh Muhammad bin Ramzān Al-Hājirī

“These Khawārij stood in opposition to ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib. They came to an area called Harūrā’, hence, they were called Al-Harūriyah. The Khawārij, you will find under the name Al-Qā’idah, I.S.I.S. (etc.), the names are not important, all of them are Khawārij.

(They are known as): Al-Azāriqah, Al-Harūriyah, Al-Qā’idah; and they are the most despicable of the Khawārij. They incite the people while they do not go out, and how numerous are they within our lands! As Abū Umāmah said when the heads of the Khawārij in Shām were killed. He said, “(They are) dogs of the Hellfire.” A man nearby said, “Did you say this?” He said, The Messenger ﷺ of Allāh said it.” He said, “Did you hear him say it?” He said, “By Allāh, I would never be so bold (as to lie on the Prophet). Indeed I have heard it, I have heard it, I have heard it.” Then he turned to the youth and said, “Indeed they are abundant within your land.” Na’am [Yes] ! By Allāh, they are abundant within our lands. May Allāh cut off their evil and uproot them, and place their affairs in disarray. May Allāh expose their covering and not actualize for them their objectives and may Allāh not raise their flag. They are a devious plot and conspiracy against Islam and its people. Then after this, there comes those who come and praise them just as ‘Imrān ibn Hittān praised the murderer of ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib; he venerated him by calling him them best of Allāh’s creation! (Saying within lines of poetry):

يا ضربة من تقي ما أراد بها     إلا ليبلغ من ذي العرش رضوانا

إني لأذكره يوما فأحسبه     أزكى البرية عند الله ميزانــــــا

What a blow from a pious person who did not seek by way of it,

Except to attain from the Possessor of the Throne, His Pleasure

Indeed I remembered him one day and deem him to be,

The purest of the creation with Allāh in the scales (of good deeds).

Look at this false praise! Do not be shocked; for there comes, from the callers to falsehood, he who praises them. Their callers and their icons are known. The Rawāfid, we know that they have a state and they have icons. The Khawārij are the same; thus, we read throughout history. The greatest of that which has spread the ideology of the modern Khawārij is the Egyptian group Al-Ikhwān Al-Muslimīn (“The Muslim Brotherhood”) which was founded by Hasan Al-Banna.

And Sayyid Qutb (likewise) spewed the venom of the Khawārij. And Abdullāh ‘Azzām took his cup and Al-Zawahirī and Usāmah bin Laden drank it. They spread it by injecting it within all their followers until they became poisoned with this ideology.

This is the reality. For we still find amongst our sons those who praise them. You wouldn’t be amazed that this is present when one hears who nurtured and taught them the praise and magnification of these people. Al-Qā’idah is the foundation within this era. And it gave rise to those groups and parties. Now its offspring is ISIS and Jabhah An-Nusrah. There is no difference between Jabhah An-Nusrah and ISIS except like that of a coin which flips like this and like that (i.e., they are two sides of the same coin). Their differences are political and worldly differences. As for their methods, their ideologies, and their creed, it is one (i.e. that of the Khawārij). I am amazed at those who speak and implicate specific people sternly and talk about ISIS but they are silent regarding Jabhah (An-Nusrah) as if it is purer and closer to Allāh! Rather, all of them are Khawārij and utilize the same methods, creed, and ideologies even if they may be different. For the Khawārij fall into three affairs:

Firstly: Withdrawing from the Jamā’ah

Secondly: Declaring the ruler to be disbelievers

Thirdly: Isolation of themselves

And how similar tonight is to last night (i.e., they are the same today as they were in former times).

I will mention to you an incident, which occurred with ‘Aa’ishah, may Allāh be pleased with her. A woman named Mu’ādhah came to her. Pay attention; why is it that we warn? Because warning is a legislative methodology. Is the likes of this speech suitable for the common folk? Listen to that which occurred. A woman came to ‘Aa’ishah – may Allāh be pleased with her – and said, “O dear mother, why is it that the menstruating woman makes up the fast but does not make up the prayer?” It is known that the Khawārij desired to oppose the evidences and texts. So when she saw this divergence which contained something problematic for this questioner, it was a must that the question be answered so that the problematic issue would be cleared up and the affair be made clear. What did she say to her? She said, “Are you a Harūriyah?” Pay attention. She said, “Are you a Harūriyah?” This is a class of the Khawārij. They are called Khawārij due to their creed, as the Prophet ﷺ described them. I add to that which my brother, Shaykh ‘Awād, mentioned, that there are ten Ahadīth. Rather, there are more than a hundred! Within the two Sahīhs, there are thirty Hadīth. In the two Sahīhs are more than thirty Ahadīth regarding the Khawārij and the description of the Khawārij.

She said, “Are you a Harūriyah?” The woman was a small Tābi’īyah who was ignorant of the rulings of fasting and prayer and making up (the two) and menses, but she was not ignorant of the Harūriyah. She did not say, ‘O dear mother, who are the Harūriyah? I do not know what you are saying, what do you intend?’

She said, “Are you a Harūriyah?” She replied, “No, dear mother.” For she knew the meaning of Al-Harūriyah, because the voice of warning had reached the common folk so that they could beware of the groups and the Khawārij. She said, “No, dear mother. However, I am only asking.” So, she saw that the answer was not proper to be a detailed answer; rather, an answer which is in connection to the issue she had. What did she say, “This is what we have been commanded with.”

This is the detailed answer by way of which guidelines are formulated for many issues; that the legislative affair is for us to say: We hear and we obey. However, the Khawārij say, ‘we hear and we disobey’. And how similar tonight is to last night. Today, they withdraw from the Jamā’ah, make Takfīr of the rulers, and formulate their own Jamā’ah. I am not saying except that which has emanated from our lands, may Allāh give them success, in warning against and categorizing these people as being from the Khawārij.

In reality, they have many branches. From them there are the Surūriyah السرورية,who are no different from the Harūriyah الحرورية with the exception of the Seen سand the Ha’ ح only. Besides this, (they both display) withdrawal from the Jamā’ah, declaring the ruler to be a disbeliever, and refusal of allegiance to him. These are the Khawārij; and it is not only the one who deems the one who commits a major sin to be a disbeliever who is a Khārijī. This is (only) some of that which the Khawārij sect described with, while they are (of different) groups.”

Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts,