Why do these militant Khawārij look upon the rest of humankind and see them as worthless scum who can be killed without regard?
Because they believe they are the only ones left with any true faith in God, and everyone else besides them is an infidel, or an apostate whose life has no value or worth. They see themselves as God’s chosen people who must punish all the “enemies of God”, cleanse the earth by the mass killing of Muslims and non-Muslims alike. That is why they can stroll down a street and open fire on every man, woman and child in sight without a second thought or any sense of compassion. They see the people as mere fuel for the Hellfire whilst they are the only ones created for Paradise!
Al-Lālikā’ee (died 418 AH) wrote: Abul-‘Abbās Muhammad Ibn Ya’qoob said:
Two of the Khawārij were making tawāf of the Ka’bah when one said to the other:
“No one from this creation will enter into Paradise except for me and you alone!”
His friend said:
“But the expanse of Paradise is as great as that of the heavens and earth! And it was made for just me and you??”
He replied: “Yes.”
So he said:
“No, it must be just for you!!”
So he left the methodology of the Khawārij and was guided to the truth.
(Sharh Usool I’itiqādi Ahlis-Sunnati wal-Jamā’ah of Imām Al-Lālikā’ee, 7/1307)
The Khawārij of today are no different: a chief Khārijīte ideologue, the Jordanian Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisee al-Barqāwee said: “Today the whole of the world is a land of unbelievers, even Makkah and Madeenah!” (Thamarāt al-Jihād, p.83)
He means by this that their blood is permissible to be spilled till these lands are “returned to Islam”, even Makkah and Madinah! The Khawārij are people who have have no mercy, so they will not be shown mercy, just as the Prophet of Allāh, Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:
“Whoever does not show mercy to people, Allāh will not show mercy to him.” (Muslim, no. 2319)
These Khawārij are merciless killers who have no compassion, they kill innocent, unarmed civilians without any regard for life. They do not judge by God’s Laws, they are a law unto themselves and they have no religion except that which the devil himself has invented for them – they murder Muslims and non-Muslims indiscriminately. They burn Muslims alive in cages, and then claim piety for themselves!
Ibn Al-Jawzī (died 597AH) said: “They permitted the killing of children, yet they did not allow eating of fruits from trees without first paying for it! They tired themselves out with worship, and would frequently stay awake through the night in devotion, yet they raised their swords against other Muslims. Even Satan himself could not have imagined the extent of their evil!” (Talbīs Iblīs, p. 91) Only a person who is extremely ignorant, or extremely psychotic, or extremely stupid or all three of these combined would support such a movement.
In the end, the only response to their vile ideology is to wage war against them just as Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728H) mentioned centuries ago, and the fourth Caliph Alī Ibn Abī Tālib (d. 40AH) commanded centuries before him before they assassinated him. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said about them: “They will exit out of the religion just like an arrow shoots through its target”, so they have exited the religion that the Prophet Muhammad came with. He himself said about, “Indeed I would wipe them out just as God wiped ot the tribe of ‘Ād.” The Messenger (peace be upon him) never uttered such harsh words against any group of people as he did against the militant Khawārij which shows us the great danger of leaving these people alone to spread tribulation. So the Muslims are commanded to unite behind the Prophetic Sunnah to combat this cancer that has entered the Muslim ummah and endangers its well-being. When you look at them, do not consider them as followers of the noble and merciful Prophet of Islam – see them as renegades who seek to damage and spoil the true Islamic faith.