When Amir al-mu'minin was told that the
Kharijites had been totally killed, he said:
By Allah, no, not yet. They
still exist in the loins of men and wombs of women. Whenever a chief would
appear from among them, he would be cut down till the last of them would
turn thieves and robbers. (1)
This prophecy of Amir al-mu'minin also proved true word by word. Every
chief of Kharijites who rose was put to sword. A few of their chiefs who
were badly put to death are mentioned here:
1) Nafi` ibn Azraq al-Hanafi: the
largest group of the
Kharijites namely al-Azariqah is named after him. He was killed by Salamah
al-Bahili during encounter with the army of Muslim ibn `Ubays.
2) Najdah ibn `Amir: the
an-Najadat al-`Adhiriyyah sect of Kharijites is named after him. Abu
Fudayk al-Khariji got him killed.
3) `Abdullah ibn Ibad
at-Tamimi: the sect Ibadite (Ibadiyyah) is named after him. He was killed
during encounter with `Abdullah ibn Muhammad ibn `Atiyyah.
4) Abu Bayhas Haysam ibn
Jabir ad-Duba`i: the sect of al-Bayhasiyyah is named after him. `Uthman
ibn Hayyan al-Murri the governor of Medina got his hands and feet severed
and then killed him.
5) `Urwah ibn Udayyah
at-Tamimi: Ziyad ibn Abih killed him during the reign of Mu`awiyah.
6) Qatari ibn al-Fuja'h
al-Mazini at-Tamimi: when he encountered the army of Sufyan ibn al-Abrad
al-Kalbi in Tabarastan then Sawrah ibn al-Hurr ad-Darimi killed him.
7) Abu Bilal Mirdas ibn
Udayyah at-Tamimi: was killed in encounter with `Abbas ibn Akhdar
8) Shawdhab al-Khariji
al-Yashkuri: was killed during encounter with Sa`id ibn `Amr al-Harashi.
9) Hawtharah ibn Wada`
al-Asadi: was killed at the hands of a man of Banu Tayyi'
10) al-Mustawrid ibn
`Ullafah at-Taymi: was killed by Ma`qil ibn Qays ar-Riyahi in the reign of
11) Shabib ibn Yazid
ash-Shaybani: died by being drowned in river.
12) `Imran ibn al-Harith
ar-Rasibi: was killed in the battle of Dulab.
13, 14) Zahhaf at-Ta'i and
Qurayb ibn Murrah al-Azdi: were killed in encounter with Banu Tahiyah.
15) az-Zubayr ibn `Ali
as-Saliti at-Tamimi: was killed in encounter with `Attab ibn Warqa'
16) `Ali ibn Bashir ibn
al-Mahuz al-Yarbu`i: al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf ath-Thaqafi got him killed.
17) `Ubaydullah ibn Bashir:
was killed in encounter with al-Muhallab ibn Abi Sufrah in the battle of
18) Abu'l-Wazi` ar-Rasibi: a
man in the graveyard of Banu Yashkur felled a wall on him and killed him.
19) `Abdu Rabbih as-Saghir:
was killed in encounter with al-Muhallab ibn Abi Sufrah.
20) Al-Walid ibn Tarif
ash-Shaybani: was killed in encounter with Yazid ibn Mazyad ash-Shaybani.
21-24) `Abdullah ibn Yahya
al-Kindi, al-Mukhtar ibn `Awf al-Azdi (Abu Hamzah ash-Shari), Abrahah ibn
as-Sabbah and Balj ibn `Uqbah al-Asadi: were killed by `Abd al-Malik ibn
`Atiyyah as-Sa`di in the reign of Marwan ibn Muhammad (the last of the