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What Shaykh Hamad al-Ansaari[1] said About The Khawarij[2]

What Shaykh Hamad al-Ansaari[1] said About

The Khawarij[2]

Compiled & translated[3]


Abbas Abu Yahya

1 – Khawarij

‘The hadeeth: ‘Indeed what I fear for you the most are the young foolish ones.’[4] applies to our times.  This hadeeth applies to the Khawarij, and the Khawarij are stupid and not intelligent.’[5]

2 – Rebelling against the Muslim Leader

‘Indeed everyone who rebels against the Muslim Leader is a Kharijee (a rebel).’[6]

3 – Rebelling

AbdulAwal bin Hamad al-Ansaari said:

‘My father -Rahimullaah- was asked: Is it correct that if the leader or the one in authority does not act upon consultation or appoints people to keep away from consultation?

My father said: ‘The Hadeeth are against these types of statements, since the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said: ‘Until you see clear cut disbelief’ and not having consultation and appointing people for it is not clear cut disbelief.  Rebelling against the Sultan (leader) is not an easy matter and it is dangerous.’[7]




4 – Khawarij & Ignorance of Hadeeth

‘The Khawarij do not know Hadeeth, and the book that they elevate above the two Saheeh books of Bukhari and Muslim is a book where all the Isnaad are Maja’heel (unknown narrators).’[8]

5 – Takfeer (Excommunication)

‘The issue of Takfeer is a very, very difficult issue.  Even the foremost of the people of knowledge are incapable (of making Takfeer), and the reason for delving into it was the Khawarij.’[9]

6 – Jamaat al-Jihad[10]

‘It was said to my father do you know of Jamaat al-Jihad, he said:

I do not know of them, and this is the first time I have heard of them.’

AbdulAwal bin Hamad al-Ansaari said:

‘Jamaat al-Jihad wal-Hijra fragmented from the Ikhwaan al-Muslimoon and it is a Takfeeri Jamaah, it makes Takfeer of societies and rulers.’[11]


7 – Hizbiyoon (Partisans)

‘Indeed those who called themselves ‘Ahl-ul-Sahwa’[12] (revivers) perpetrated evil to themselves and others due to their actions which oppose that what the Salaf were upon from patience and obedience to the Muslim leaders in that which is from obedience to Allaah and His Messenger -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam.’[13]


[1] For a Brief Biography of the Shaykh refer to :

[2]  Imam ad-Dhahabi (d.748 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said: ‘The Khawarij are the people of Bida’, they make it Halaal to take the blood of people, and they perform Takfeer.’ [Taken from: ‘Al-Kabair’]

[3] The statements here were taken from the biography of the Shaykh, which was compiled by the Shaykh’s son AbdulAwal bin Hamad al-Ansaari who is a teacher in the faculty of Hadeeth in the prestigious Islaamic University of Madina. The Collection is called: ‘al-Majmoo’ Fee Tarjama al-Allama al-Muhaddith ash-Shaykh Hamad bin Muhammad al-Ansaari -Rahimullaah- wa Seeratahi wa Aqwaalihi wa Rihlatihi’. It is a large two-volume collection of the sayings, wisdom and various biographies of the Shaykh. The statements in this translation are all from his son AbdulAwal unless stated otherwise.

[4] Indeed the Prophet sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – informed his Companions about the Khawarij, that they would rebel and that he desired to fight them.  In the Saheeh of Bukhari and Muslim from the hadeeth of ‘Alee -radiAllaah anhu that he said: ‘I heard the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – saying:

‘During the last days there will appear some young foolish people who will say the best words but their faith will not go beyond their throats and they will go out from (leave) their religion as an arrow goes out of game. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection’

[Saheeh al-Bukhari & ‘Fath’12/283 (Hadeeth no.6930) & Muslim 2/746 (Hadeeth no.1066)]

[5] [Vol.2 P. 561 No. 62]

[6] [Vol.2 p. 765  No. 34]

[7] [Vol.2 p. 760 No.11]

[8] [Vol.2 p. 488  No. 91]

[9] [Vol.2 p.517  No.238]

[10] The ideology of Jammat Takfeer and Hijra, is exactly the ideology of Jammat al-Ikhwaan, rather it is the ideology and ‘Aqeedah of Sayyid Qutb.

[11] [Vol.2 p.766 No.45]

[12]  they were the Hizbiyoon who claimed to revive the Dawa’ but in reality it was the Dawa’ of Kharooj rebelling against the Muslims.

[13] [Vol.2 P.569 No. 123]