[K] Preserving Security – Ali (radiyallaahu-anhu) Abandoned Fighting
If it is said: Indeed, Ali and Al-Husayn (radiyallaahu-anhumaa) only abandoned fighting in the latter part of the affair [i.e. the fitna] due to being unable to (carry on) because they had no helpers and fighting would have led to killing without achieving the goal that was sought after; then it is said to him [i.e. the person who made the above statement]: This is actually the judgement that the lawgiver [i.e. the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) who conveys what Allaah has ordained in the Book and the Sunnah] laid down in relation to the forbiddance of rebellion against the (unjust, oppressive) rulers and gave as an instruction (to the people) to abandon fighting during Fitna, even if those who do so consider it a goal of theirs to enjoin good and forbid evil, just like those who rebelled at At-Harrah, and (those who rebelled) against Yazeed, Al-Hajjaaj and other than them.
However, if evil cannot be stopped except by way of what is more evil, then stopping this evil in such a manner is evil (itself). If good cannot be achieved except by way of an evil whose corruption is greater than the benefits found in that act of good, then seeking after that benefit in such a manner is an evil affair itself. And by way of this (methodology) the khawaarij made lawful the act of fighting against the people of the Qiblah (i.e. Muslims) until they fought against Ali and other Muslims, and likewise is the case of those who agreed with them (i.e. the khawaarij) in general in relation to rebelling against the rulers with the sword among the Mutazilah, the Zaydiyyah etc.
To be continued…InShaaAllaah
[Source: Silsilah Ar-Rasaa’il Al-Manhajiyyah Fin-Nus’hi Wal-irshaad Wat-Taw’iyah’ pages 24 -25’ by Shaikh Muhammad Baazmool (may Allaah preserve him). Abridged and slightly paraphrased]