Wahhabis as neo-Kharijites
The Wahhabis are especially notorious for reviving the ways of the Khawarij (or Kharijites). They originated in the time of the caliphates of Uthman and Ali, among the closest companions to Prophet Muhammad. They were the earliest group of fanatics who separated themselves from the Muslim community. They arose in opposition to Ali Prophet Muhammads son-in-law because of his willingness to arbitrate with Muawiyah, governor of Damascus at that time, over the issue of the caliphate. The Khawarij, meaning those who exited, slung accusations of blasphemy against Ali and Muawiyah and those who followed them saying that the Quran, and not them, had the ultimate authority in the matter. Ibn al-Jawzi, an orthodox Sunni scholar, in his book Talbis Iblis (The Devils Deception) under the chapter heading A Mention of the Devils Delusion upon the Kharijites, says that Dhul-Khuwaysira al-Tamimi was the first Kharijite in Islam and that [h]is fault was to be satisfied with his own view; had he paused he would have realized that there is no view superior to that of Allahs Messenger Furthermore, the orthodox Sunni scholar Imam Abd al-Qahir al-Baghdadi discusses the Kharijite rebellions and their bloody massacres of tens of thousands of Muslims in one of his books. He explicitly mentions the Azariqa, one of the most atrocious Kharijite movements led by Nafi ibn al-Azraq from the tribe of Banu Hanifa the same tribe where the heretic Musaylima the Prevaricator (or Liar) who claimed prophethood alongside Prophet Muhammad came from. Just as the Khawarij threw accusations of blasphemy on Ali and Muawiya, Wahhabis throw accusations of blasphemy against Sunnis and Shiites.
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