The Khawarij are known by different names including the Kharijites which is taken from the Arabic word Kharaja which means ‘to exit or leave’. The original Khawarij referred to themselves as Ashoora, which means those who ‘sell themselves for Allah’. Another term for this group refers to them as Hawroori, which is taken from the name of an area known as Hawroora and this was the first place where they camped.
In this two-part article, we will take a historical look at some of the major events during the rule of Ali ibn Abu Talib (ra), the fourth Khalifah in Islam and the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). This was a very difficult period in Islamic history, overshadowed by three major internal battles... Continue Reading →