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‏الزكاة (The Book of Obligatory Alms)
CHAPTER: EXHORTATION TO KILL THE KHWARIJ  

No. 2328

'Ali said: Whenever I narrate to you anything from the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) believe it to be absolutely true as falling from the sky is dearer to me than that of attributing anything to him (the Prophet) which he never said. When I talk to you of anything which is between me and you (there might creep some error in it) for battle is an outwitting. I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: There would arise at the end of the age a people who would be young in age and immature in thought, but they would talk (in such a manner) as if their words are the best among the creatures. They would recite the Qur'an, but it would not go beyond their throats, and they would pass through the religion as an arrow goes through the prey. So when you meet them, kill them, for in their killing you would get a reward with Allaah on the Day of judgmelat.

No. 2329

A hadith like this has been narrated through another chain of transmitters.

No. 2330

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of A'mash with the same chain of transmitters, but (these words) are not there:" They pass through the religion clean as the arrow passes through the prey."

No. 2331

'Abida narrated from 'Ali that he made a mention of the Khwarij (and in this connection) said that there would be a person among them with a defective hand. (or with a short hand) or a fleshy hand. If you were to exercise restraint, I would tell you what Allaah has promised to those who would kill them on the order of Mubarrmad (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). I (the narrator) said to him: Did you hear it from Muhammad: (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam)? He (Hadrat 'Ali) said: Yes, by the Lord of the Ka'ba; Yes, by the Lord of the Ka'ba; yes, by the Lord of the Ka'ba.

No. 2332

'Abida said: I will not narrate to you except what I heard from him (Hadrat 'Ali), and then he narrated from him.

No. 2333

Zaid b. Wahb Jahani reported and he was among the squadron which wall under the command of Ali (Allaah be pleased with him) and which set out (to curb the activities) of the Khwarij. 'Ali (Allaah be pleased with him) said: 0 people, I heard the Messeinger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) say: There would arise from my Ummah a people who would recite the Qur'an, and your recital would seem insignificant as compared with their recital, your prayer as compared with their prayer, arid your fast, as compared with their fast. They would recite the Qur'an thinking that it sup- ports them, whereas it is an evidence against them. Their prayer does not get beyond their collar bone; they would swerve through Islam just as the arrow passes through the prey. If the squadron which is to encounter them were to know (what great boon) has been assured to them by their Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) they would completely rely upon this deed (alone and cease to do other good deeds), and their (that of the Khwarij) distinctive mark is that there would be (among them) a person whose wrist would be without the arm, and the end of his wrist would be fleshy like the nipple of the breast on which there would be white hair. You would be marching towards Muawiya and the people of Syria and you would leave them behind among your children and your property (to do harm). By Allaah, I believe that these are the people (against whom you have been commanded to fight and get reward) for they have shed forbidden blood, and raided the animals of the people. So go forth in the name of Allaah (to fight against them). Salama b. Kuhail mentioned that Zaid b. Wahb made me alight at every stage, till we crossed a bridge. 'Abdullah b. Wahb al-Rasibi was at the head of the Khwarij when we encountered them. He ('Abdullah) said to his army: Throw the spears and draw out your swords from their sheaths, for I fear that they would attack you as they attacked you on the day of Harura. They went back and threw their spears and drew out their swords, and people fought against them with spears and they were killed one after another. Only two persons were killed among the people (among the army led by Hadrat 'Ali) on that day. 'Ali (Allaah be pleased with him) said: Find out from among them (the dead bodies of the Khwarij) (the maimed). They searched but did not find him. 'Ali (Allaah be pleased with him) then himself stood up and (walked) till he came to the people who had been killed one after another. He ('Ali) said: Search them to the last, and then ('Ali's companions) found him (the dead body of the maimed) near the earth. He (Hadrat 'Ali) then pronounced Allaah-O-Akbar (Allaah is the Greatest) and then said, Allaah told the Truth and His Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) conveyed it. Then there stood before him 'Abida Salmani who said: Commander of the Believers, by Allaah, besides Whom there is none worthy of worship (in truth) but He, (tell me) whether you heard this hadith from the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam). He said: Yes, by Allaah, besides Whom there is none worthy of worship (in truth) but He. He asked him to take an oath thrice and he took the oath.

No. 2334

'Ubaidullah b. Abu Rafi', the freed slave of the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), said: When Haruria (the Khwarij) set out and as he was with 'Ali b. Abu Talib (Allaah be pleased with him) they said," There is no command but that of Allaah." Upon this 'Ali said: The statement is true but it is intentionally applied (to support) a wrong (cause). The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam described their characteristics and I found these characteristics in them. They state the truth with their tongue, but it does not go beyond this part of their bodies (and the narrator pointed towards his throat). The most hateful among the creation of Allaah us one black man among them (Khwarij). One of his hand is like the teat of a goat or the nipple of the breast. When 'Ali b. Abu Talib (Allaah be pleased with him) killed them, he said: Search (for his dead body). They searched for him, but they did not find it (his dead body). Upon this he said: Go (and search for him). By Allaah, neither I have spoken a lie nor has the lie been spoken to me. 'Ali said this twice and thrice. They then found him (the dead body) in a rain. They brought (his dead) body till they placed it before him (Hadrat 'Ali). 'Ubaidullah said: And, I was present at (that place) when this happened and when 'Ali said about them. A person narrated to me from Ibn Hanain that he said: I saw that black man.

No. 2335

Abu Dharr reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: Verily there would arise from my Ummah after me or soon after me a group (of people) who would recite the Qar'an, but it would not go beyond their throats, and they would pass clean through their religion just as the arrow passes through the prey, and they would never come back to it. They would be the worst among the creation and the creatures. Ibn Samit (one of the narrators) said: I met Rafi' b. 'Amr Ghifari, the brother of Al-Hakam Ghifari and I said: What is this hadith that I heard from Abu Dharr, i. e. so and so? -and then I narrated that hadith to him and said: I heard it from the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam).

No. 2336

Yusair b. 'Amr reported that he inquired of Sahl b. Hunaif: Did you hear the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) making a mention of the Khwarij? He said: I heard him say (and he pointed with his hand towards the east) that these would be a people who would recite the Qur'an with their tongues and it would not go beyond their collar bones. They would pass clean through their religion just as the arrow passes through the prey.

No. 2337

This hadith had been transmitted by Sulaiman Shaibani with the same chain of narrators (and the words are)," There would arise out of (this group) many a group"

No. 2338

Sahl b. Hunaif reported Allaah's Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: There would arise from the east a people with shaven heads.




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