Ibn Taymiyyah, the Takfiri Kharijites and the Issue of Rebellion
By IslamAgainstExtremism, Editor
Allaah Does Not Order Something by Which Rectification of the Worldly and Religious Affairs Is Not Attained
Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah continues:
And Allaah, the Exalted, does not order something on account of which rectification of the deen and the dunyaa is not attained - even if the one who does that is from the Awliyaa of Allaah, the Pious ones (Muttaqeen), and from the People of Paradise.
For they are not more superior than Aa'ishah and Talhah and az-Zubair and others, and alongside (what they did), they did not praise what they fell into of fighting, and the likes of these are of greater rank and position in the sight of Allaah, and of better intention than those besides them...(2).
And al-Hasan al-Basri used to say, "Verily al-Hajjaaj is a punishment of Allaah, so do not repel the punishment of Allaah with your hands, but you must (repel it) with humility and submission" (3).
And the most superior of the Muslims (from the early Muslims) used to forbid revolting and fighting in the times of tribulation, such as 'Abdullaah ibn 'Umar and Sa'eed bin al-Musayyab, and 'Alee bin al-Hasan and others, all of them used to forbid, during the year of Harrah, from the revolt against Yazeed, and just as al-Hasan al-Basree and Mujaahid and others used to forbid from revolt during the tribulation of Ibn al-Ash'at (4).
And it is for this reason that it is firmly established with Ahl us-Sunnah to abandon fighting in times of tribulation due to the authentic ahaadeeth that are established from the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), and they began to mention this matter in the course of (authoring their works) on their aqeedah, and they would command with patience towards the oppression of the leaders, and the abandonment of fighting against them - even if a fair portion of the people of knowledge fought against them during the tribulation...
And whoever reflects upon the authentic ahaadeeth that are established from the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) concerning this topic, and also considers with the consideration of those with insight and deep knowledge, will know that that which the Prophetic Texts have come with is from the best of all affairs.