Wahhabism and Kharijism 5:
Highlighting the Parallels
(I remind you that these entries are part of the series entitled Making Sense of Wahhabism. The links to all the articles in the series are provided at the bottom of this page.)
As we mentioned previously, the movement of the Khawarij did not appear suddenly in the middle of the Battle of Siffin, right about when Imam Ali was about to regain control and be victorious. Many years prior to this incident, there was a man named Harqus, who objected to the manner in which Prophet Muhammad was dividing some items between the companions. The Prophet told his companions after the man left that there will be a people who will come out of him and who will follow him, and they will be the ones who exit religion as the arrow exits a bow (or how an arrow pierces through the body of an animal and exits it from the other side), and that he would fight them himself if he saw them. This narration is an indication that the seeds for this type of objectionist thought already existed in the time of Prophet Muhammad, that he was already aware of it, and that he warned his companions that they will reappear and cause mischief later so fight them and do not let them hijack religion.