Benefit: Types of Fanaticism
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
1- Fanaticism towards personalities: For example, the Christians towards ʿĪsāʾ ibn Maryam. Likewise, the fanaticism of the Shīʿah towards ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib and his descendants etc.
2- Fanaticism towards ideologies: This is more dangerous than the previous type of fanaticism because fanaticism towards personalities only destroys the fanatic, but fanaticism towards ideologies destroys the religion, societies, countries and nations. It destroys everything. This is like the fanaticism of the corrupt Khawārij terrorists. If their ideology is found with a people then they become corrupt because they cause corruption and claim rectification. They ruin whilst claiming to be gaining closeness to Allāh, killing innocent souls and spilling sacred blood, all the while claiming "jihād" in the path of Allāh.
Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Yaḥya al-Najmī
Source: Risālat al-Gulū Ḍamn al-Rasāʾil al-Manhajiyyah.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī