Karidjite Imamat

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Foundation: 1755-date
Capital: Baghdad in Mesopotamia
Religion: Karidjite Islam

By Martin Helsdon

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A new form of Islam appearing in the Middle East during the formation of the Islamic Union after the defeat of the Daemon Sultan of Georgia in the War Against the Beast. The Moslem population had been dominated by the forces of the Daemon Sultan and then subjected by the invasion of the Sunlander foreigners that swept his realm away. In response to these events, this new fanatical version of Islam took hold and was eventually recognised by the Union government.

[1]The Karidjites or Kharijites (in Arabic Khawarij, singular Khariji, meaning "those that seceded") split from the Shi'a following the murder of the third Caliph in 656AD, and rejected the Shi'a for allowing human arbitration of Ali's dispute with Mu'awiya in 657, rather than divine judgment. The Kharijites believed that the imam should be elected for his spiritual and personal qualities rather than the primogeniture succession of the Quraysh, the tribe of Muhammad, and their theology was a radical fundamentalism, with uncompromised observance of the Quran in defiance of corrupt authority.
By the 8th Century some Kharijites began to moderate their position and emphasized the special benefits that Kharijites might receive from living in a small community that held high standards for personal conduct and spiritual values.
The term Kharijites became a designation for Moslems who refused to compromise with those who differed from them.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1747 – 1748 T209
Islamic Union: There was also some kind of religious dispute brewing in the mountains of the Lebanon, where a fanatical sect (the Karidjites) of the local Sunni populace had grown popular among the downtrodden and those afflicted by the “Frankish” (Islander) occupation.

1749 – 1750 T210
Safavid Persia: Ever industrious, the Persians expanded the cities of Beirut in Lebanon (while also importing boatloads of mullahs to keep the local Sunni’s Sunni, and free of Karidjite influence), and Ahvaz in Palas (a rare oasis of peace, serenity and low, low prices in the trouble Indian sub-continent).

Islamic Union: The Sultan found the countryside in the grip of a fervent religious revival. The Kharidjites – heretofore a minor sect – had erupted into prominence. In fact, not only had nearly all of the Lebanon fallen under their influence, but so had (in the course of ’49 and ’50) the neighboring regions of Aleppo, Syria, Jordan and even the Levant. This caused great strain between the cult-like (but not cultish, no) enthusiasm of the Kharidjites and the established clergy, who were often driven out of their mosques and schools for the crime (imagined or otherwise) of consorting with the Daemon Sultan Raschid. Too, as frenzied mobs filled the streets to welcome Muayaiya, he realized the common people (so long under the heel of the Evil One) were rising up, inspired by the release from fear and the promise of the Kharidjites to ‘cleanse the earth’ of all evil. Unfortunately (in the bigger picture) this seemed to include all foreigners, including the Persians squatting in Beirut and the Danes in the Holy Land…

“Lead us, Great One,” they chanted as the Sultan rode past in a sea of green banners, “Lead us to victory!”

1751 - 1752 T211
Safavid Persia: This did not prevent Mesopotamia from revolting from Al'Qadir's control (borne up on a rising tide of Karidjite fervor).

Islamic Union: While the agents of various foreign 'powers' made stealthy visits to Ar-Raqqah, providing the Union with desperately needed gold, guns and other supplies (including a rumored, but rarely seen airship of advanced design), Muayaia was basking in the adulation of cheering, frenzied crowds in the Lebanon. The brilliantly charismatic Arab leader had resolved to seize destiny and restore the unity and glory of Islam. With the weight of history bearing down upon him, the chieftain went before the assembled imams of the Karidjites and said:

Leaders of the Kharadjite faith; thank you for embracing me on my visit to Lebanon. I came seeking information on your intentions and fearing the worst and I am elated to see all of you brimming with faith and supportive of my leadership and the Islamic Union. I have talked to many leaders of the world about the Kharadjite faith. I have stressed to all of them the importance of non-interference in the affairs of the Arab peoples, I only hope they have listened. I hear the Kharadjite message and I make it my own, Arab peoples shall be free from persecution and religious intolerance and oppression by outsiders will be met with open hostility. Now let us carry the banners through out the countryside and spread the word to all Arabs that the time for unification is now!

Muyaiya's adoption of the 'restored Islam' of the Karidjite mullahs sent shockwave through the Middle East. Now the grass-roots fanaticism of the Levantine tribes was a state religion and the Union pressed all their citizens to adopt the 'pure vision' of the Karidjite seers. The effect was electrifying - even as Muayaia rode back to Ar-Raqqah with his army in tow, and hundreds of thousands of the faithful lining the highway up through Damascus and Homs - the fire of revolution leapt ahead of him, speeding through the towns and villages of Mosul, Arbiliq, Mesopotamia and even into the Kurdish highlands.

By the time Muayaia reached Ar-Raqqah, the mujhadeen were already assembling, walking or riding in out of the desert, trooping down from the hills, feet still muddy from the fields of the Land between the Two Rivers… once home, Muayaia attended his son Ali's coming-of-age party and proclaimed the boy his heir. Then he spoke to a vast gathering of the chieftains, ministers and potentates of his fledgling state:

People of the Islamic Union I have gathered you hear today to discuss with you the affairs of the church, state and the Arab peoples. I will begin with the State. For five years now I have worked to make the peoples of the former Georgia join with our nation and considering the elaborateness of this process it has actually been going very well. We also have had no interference from those in regions beyond our borders thanks to continued support from some good neighbors. Let me openly state that though the Persians have long been the enemies of Arabia I have spent a huge amount of time working on resolving issues between their country and ours. It appears with many thanks to the Tauregs of Diyala that I have finally broken through the tough outer shell of the Persians and gained some respect in their court.
Lord Hassan of Diyala; those who are here thank you for showing a stout heart in the face of potential disaster, I will long be indebted to you. Respect and affection are two different things but the Persians have relinquished their claim to Diyala and they did not request the money back that they had sent the IU for the province. I have also exchanged many letters with leaders in the Christian lands. Do not let this disturb you - I know you despise their very existence. Fear not, I recognize that to show weakness to a Christian nation is to invite oppression. The message I sent was one of caution to them. I told them that it would be wise to be very careful when dealing with the Arabs as we will not tolerate being oppressed or persecuted. Such actions will be met with Violence.
This leads me to the Karidjite teachers. The Shia and Sunni imams stood idle and allowed Rashid to have his way with nearly all of the Arab population. This is an absolute tragedy and not one that need ever be repeated again. I have embraced the teachings of the Karidjite judges in hopes that the Islamic faith I love can be brought back to the people the Shia and the Sunni clergy have been ignoring or neglecting for far to long. The Karidjite's want to give faith back to the people. They do not want to see Moslem lands ruled over by Christians. They seek to rid the lands of the lingering stench of Rashid. It is the same things every Moslem should want and it is what I want. Please embrace the Karidjites as brothers and local Shia and Sunni Mullahs please consider the word the Karidjites carry for it is powerful.
Lastly I will talk in general terms about the path before us. The Islamic Union was not founded with evil intent. I do not seek to conquer and oppress those who are different as that would make the Islamic Union no better than anyone who would do that to us, the Faithful. Do not think my stance weak though good people of the Union. I absolutely will not stand for the oppression and persecution of Muslims anywhere. This kind of activity has been going on for far to long as it must stop…. NOW! I will not stand by and watch my brothers loose their lands to settlers from other lands, be poorly treated, beaten down and abused by those who hold power in lands were Muslims live. This is wrong and poor treatment will never be right. This is my message to you here today, and to all my Muslim Brothers. The Islamic Union is here for all Moslems be they the brothers of Tiamat or the Capadocians, all Muslims are my brothers not just some. Embrace the Union and embrace the Kharadjite faith!

1753 - 1754 T212
Islamic Union: Seeking a wife to cement his relations with the Tuareg tribes his father had led out of the desert, Ali Adin and his modest army traveled east into Diyala where his kinsmen had settled in search of a bride. Sadly, the noble Al-Zabidi - sent ahead to arrange terms and procure a suitable virgin - lit into the Diyalan mullahs for refusing to accept the Karidjite faith which had so recently inflamed the western provinces. The argument turned violent, blood was spilt, Zabidi was cut down by the enraged tribesmen and when Ali Adin and his men approached the camps, they were attacked from ambush.

Fighting his way free of the trap, the startled Sultan was furious to learn several thousand of his spearmen had been slain in the battle. Summoning airships from Baghdad to support his campaign, the angry sixteen-year-old plowed back into Diyala with vengeance on his mind. Then… then the Diyalan towns burned, and the Tuaregs were driven with whips of flame and shrieking bombs. Still, the tribesmen fought fiercely, though they had little chance against the modern Union army.

Still, all these troubles kept Ali Adin from marching to the aid of the Persians as he had promised. Diyala, however, was conquered and the mullahs and imams embraced (often with a saber at their neck) the Flame of Islam.

1755 - 1756 T213
Karidjite Imamat: Diplomacy Mesopotamia (^ch), Mosul /Ar-Raqqah (^ch), Syria (^ch)
Sponsored by the Union government, a group of leading Kardijite scholars agreed to form a network of religious schools, a coherent version of the Holy Quran and to revive the ancient waqf which had fallen into great disrepair during the struggles against the Europeans and the Daemon Sultan. After some discussion they elected to base the new kalifate not in Damascus (as tradition would hold), but in Baghdad … as ancient Damascus was mostly a ruin. The Karidjite faith spread through the provinces of Hahmar, Media, Urmia, Armenia and Cappadocia.

1757 - 1758 T214
Shahdom of Iran: Even more troubling, the citizens of Carmania (a poor and destitute province, particularly by Persian standards) wholeheartedly embraced the Karidjite revisionism introduced by Tewfiki merchants constantly coming and going from the port. All this was noted in the travel journals of an Afghan soldier named Akmed Bahulan who traveled to the port of Al-Harkam in ’57 and then returned to his mountainous home in ’58, having failed in his mission for Shah Durani of Kabul.

Safavid Persia: The shah was also careful to dispatch priests, teachers and holy men loyal to the Safavid crown into the south-western provinces to remind the people there of their ancient faiths, and to urge them to turn their backs on the Karidjite heresy. As yet, there was no violent reaction to the popular new religion.

Karidjite Imamat: Diplomacy Mosul (^ab), Levant (^ch)
Fueled by contributions from throughout the Islamic world, the Karidjites started to muster themselves. Some semblance of a hierarchy which could successfully administer a far-reaching church began to emerge from the previous chaos.

Let it be known to the righteous, that there are still those who follow the word of the da'is of the Isma'ilis, and preach of the advent of the false Mahdi. 'Those who have done wrong will know to what end they will revert.' But it must be known that these ones are followers of Shaitan, that they apply the doctrine of taqiyya, to hide their true purpose and their true master from the ears of the faithful. 'Away then with the wicked people!' When 'the truth comes the false vanishes; verily the false is apt to vanish.' There is no God but God and his Prophet is Muhammad, peace be upon him.

Swedish-Russia: Missionary work continued in the far south; finding excellent success in Khazar (which became Catholic) and dismal failure in Georgia (where the locals were much more interested in becoming Karidjite).

1759 – 1760 T215
Near Bokhara, Central Asia: Meeting between the Shah of Safavid Persia and the Shah of Iran prior to the formation of the Knights of Tamerlane.
Persia” he continued, “cannot do that, not alone. She can be the voice of Sunni Islam, as she has, but her hands are weighed down by the administration of government. You can be the free hand that advances our cause, and that binds together those of our faith in action, and that eventually bridges the gaps between us and our wayward brothers.” Bahram knew that his companion would understand: peaceful reconciliation between Sunni and the Shia…perhaps even the Kharadjites; it was crucial.

Safavid Persia: A reason for having all those soldiers under arms was becoming apparent in the south-east, where the heretical Karidjite sect of Islam had found thousands of adherents in Hahmar and Media. The state clergy attempted to roll back this invasion through gentle persuasion – and had reasonable luck in both provinces, though the city of Nasiriyah (a hotbed of Karidjite thought) pelted the mullahs sent to convince them with stones and drove them out of the town. The border with the Islamic Union, meanwhile, was closed to all but ‘approved merchants’ by the deployment of Al-Maqdisi and a small army.

Karidjite Imamat: Diplomacy Mesopotamia (^ab), Carhae (^ch), Syria (^ab), Levant (^ab)
While the kalifa struggled to draw the volatile and zealous Karidjite communities into some kind of cohesive whole (and the gains recently secured in the east were under attack by the Safavid orthodoxy), the power of the church spread into the west, riding on the coat-tails of the Union’s war against the idolatrous Hussites.

Editor's Note: See also the Islamic Union.

1761 – 1762 T216
Karidjite Imamat: Diplomacy Carhae (ˇun), Mesopotamia (^mn), Ar-Raqqah in Mosul (^ab)
Much like their Shi’a cousins, the Karidjites continued to struggle just to make ends meet and establish a presence throughout the Union.

In the south, where the learned men of Mecca were spreading a new Word among the tribes, the shepherds in Asir stared at the sky in awe and then fear as dozens of airships swept over their barren and desolate land, heading east. Indeed, a large force of ARF and Swedish zeppelins seized a isolated valley in the mountains on the eastern side of the province and began sending patrols out into the vast wasteland beyond.

Editor's Note: See also the Islamic Union.

1763 – 1764 T217
Karidjite Imamat: Diplomacy Palmyra (^ch), Aleppo (^ch), Lebanon (^ch)<bre /> Unlike the unlucky Catholics, the Ulema of the Karidjites were indeed able to request and receive a tithe from the faithful, which promised to better their ability to reach and aid Moslems everywhere. The slow, steady spread of the Orangist faith in the southern deserts was of concern, but the pitiful Sunni and the hated Shi’a close at hand were of more import to the Imam.

News filtered up out of the south – the beduins who migrated hither and yon through the frontier were slowly becoming Orangist, tribe by tribe, clan by clan… the Hijaz, Tihamat, Al’Bayad and Sheba now hewed to the new faith. In the west, the sparsely populated eastern half of the Nile delta (Mansura) had also converted. Even in Levant, held as it was by the fanatical Emir of Jerusalem, there were Orangist supporters.

This new threat to Islam, in turn, sparked a resurgence in the Kardijite faithful – the Christians had been driven back – but now these strangers were saying Islam was a relic of the past… chanting mobs filled the streets of Nasiriyah and Khanaqin, holding aloft portraits of Ali and the Kardijite imams and teachers. The civil authorities wisely did not interfere. The Kalifa’s rule was founded on the bedrock of these same fervent supporters. As’summan, Kuwait and Ahvaz converted to Kardijite.

Trebizond: After failing to secure the allegiance of the Vasi, Exarch Vilhuna hied himself south into Georgia, where the Karidjite emir took him in, thinking him a lost, mad, Englishman and treated him very politely. The Georgians, however, were not interested in an alliance. The odd visit did, however, set the emir to thinking about the troubled state of the mountain emirates and the inevitability of the Great Powers turning their eyes to his bucolic domain.

1765 – 1766 T218
Grivpani i’ Timurlenk: Efforts by the Knights to forestall steadily rising Karidjite influence in Abadan failed miserably, as the Marsh Arabs were a queer lot of Sixth-generation Polynesians, outlaw Iraqis and expatriate Persians who really didn’t like the ‘highlanders’.

Safavid Persia: Unrest continued to plague the Mesopotamian borders of the realm, with more Karidjites creeping through the frontier (despite the efforts of the Grivpani and the Safavid authorities to turn them back). A strong garrison was established at Shankar, just in case.

Karidjite Imamat: Diplomacy Mesopotamia (ˇab), Jordan (^ch)
Efforts to convince the regional mullahs and prayer-callers in Mesopotamia itself to pay a greather hadith to the Kalifa failed, causing discord among the faithful. Too, the rank and file were filled with fury about the Orangists in the Levant and demanded that Ali bin Abi Talib declare jihad against the infidel heretics!

The Kalifa missed his right-hand-man, Khuswan, greatly. But that worthy was away in the north, in disguise, investigating peculiar rumors out of the region of Mount Ararat…

ARF: A solitary Karidjite imam was picked up by one of the patrols, and given a guided tour of the monstrous artifices of the enemy. He was impressed, particularly by a puzzling field of lava spires arranged in a queer spiral pattern covering the shallow valley between the greater and lesser summits of the mountain. The Arfen officer escorting the holy man opined he had seen such hackle-raising pillars before, in the depths of the Urst-Urt desert.

The Levant, 1765: Ameur, displaying the impudence of youth and the imprudence of faith, came to visit the Emir of Levant in his palace. The Emir and youth shared a common tradition of hospitality to strangers granted from Islam; feeling bound the Emir allowed him into his sanctum. Four Karidijite qadis surrounded the Emir’s throne -- and they were furious at Ameur’s presence.

One hissed at him “How dare you enter these palaces!”

The Emir Fenriq, who himself had been extensively trained in jurisprudence, motioned the qadi to silence. But the four Moslems boiled behind the throne, full of whispers and secret gestures.

“Majesty shall we shed sham and pretence? Shall we discuss what now must be?” asked Ameur.

And as Ameur spoke, he extended his hands. For anyone who watched from afar, the right hand might have represented the Danes and Christendom. His left hand, which pointed direct and stabbingly at Fenriq might have represented the Karidijites and the Islamic Union.

The Emir listened, and considered the argument.

The qadis whispered angrily in the Emir Fenriq’s ears, completing each other’s sentences. Kill this upstart for the Karidijites. The Lybian is young and resourceful, yes – but also tired from a long march across Africa and he’d be no match for you anyway. Call him out now! You know the way of it. Kill him.

Slowly the Emir turned his head from Ameur, to the Karadijites at his shoulders, and then back to Ameur again.

Meanwhile, his conclusions made, Ameur drew both arms and folded them about his chest, as if to say: I am my hands, but also more.

Do it! the qadis insisted.

The Emir focused on the lad, seeing him again with eyes trained to judge the guilty. He was aware of the mystery and grandeur about this youth.

I could kill him, the Emir thought – and knew this for a truth.

Something in his own secretive depths stayed Fenriq then, and he glimpsed briefly, inadequately, the advantage he held over Ameur – a way from hiding from the youth, a furtiveness of person and motives that no eye could penetrate.

Ameur -- aware of some of these thoughts -- considered the Emir in turn. The Emir was a might-have-been -- an instrument of faith to be used and then discarded by others. Fenriq’s talents were concentrated into rigidity, and he was thereby crippled. A deep compassion for the Emir flowed through Ameur, the first sense of brotherhood he’d ever experienced.

Then Fenriq turned to the qadis and said “Learned men, I must refuse.”

Rage overcame the qadis. One took two short steps forward of the throne, and then cuffed the Emir viciously across the jaw. The other qadis watched hungrily, their fists clenched at their side.

Fenriq did not respond, though the qadis did not live to return to their master in Mosul.

Al'Haggar: The Karidjite abbey in Levant was immediately sacked by the Sinai Bedu.

Determined to free the City of God (yes, Jerusalem is a holy city for the Orangists, just like everyone else…) from the grip of the Karidjite scum, Al’Haggar missionaries flooded into Levant, where the recent disputes between the Emir of Jerusalem and the Sultan (and the Danish occupiers of Holy Palestine) had already stirred up the populace, and found fertile, fertile ground for their preaching… Levant became Orangist.

The Al’Haggar armies, meantime, swept across the province to ‘protect’ Akko and it’s garrison from the Moslems, and to secure Jerusalem itself. Emir Fenriq welcomed Ameur and his men with open arms, readily changing flags. News of this treachery sped north on swift wings, feeding new fuel into the fanaticism of the Karidjite faithful…

1767 – 1768 T219
Safavid Persia: In the south, pushed by the Shah, a number of efforts by the Sunni clergy in Iran to meet with and discuss doctrinal differences with the Orangists in Araby met, at last, with some measured success. The marked hostility between the two camps lessened minutely, helped by the open warfare between the Al-Haggar and the Karidjites in the Levant. Indeed, in Fars, the population leaning towards the Karidjites swung back the other way, returning to the Sunni mosques in droves.

Karidjite Imamat: Faced with the onset of the Al-Haggari heretics, idolators and infidel dogs the kalifa took to the courtyard of the An Ansar mosque in Baghdad, preaching a particularly virulent strain of jihad against the Orangists (and all other scum like them). Unfortunately for his cause, all of the zealous were already in the Union army and at arms against the invaders.

The Bayt al-Hikima, in Baghdad, on Friday 21 Rajab 1767
In the name of Al-llah, the compassionate, the merciful.
Praise be to Al-llah, Lord of the worlds, the compassionate, the merciful, King on the day of reckoning.
Thee only do we worship, and to thee do we cry for help.
Guide thou us on the straight path, the path of those to whom thou hast been gracious.
The holy Qur’an has shown us the truth of what Al-llah wills, in its guidance sure, without doubt,
To those who fear Al-llah and to those who reject faith, whether thou warn them or do not warn them;
They will not believe.
Al-llah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and on their eyes as a veil; Great is the penalty they incur.
Al-llah has called us my Khawarij brothers and sisters, to carry his will to the fakir and the apostate.
To the adulterer and the sinner. To cleanse once and for all the stain that has come to the holy of holies. We have been called to vindicate the truth through the sword. Al-llah wills us to call Jihad on the unrighteous and the unjust dogs that have turned from the true faith and the heretical apes that have come to the holy land by force and treachery. We have been chosen to punish the unbelievers and the enemies of Al-llah. Embrace this honor and enforce Al-llah’s will.

Kel Al’Haggar Fedyakin: While the Fedyakin guns hammered at the ramparts of the port, a scuffle in the tents of the Paraclete yielded up a furious, bruised and not-entirely-subdued Karidjite cleric named Walad’ir who had attempted to ambush Ameur by his lonesome and murder the ‘heretical dog who drinks blood from the hand of Shai’tan’. The Duke had him bound with chains and dragged behind a camel until he learned humility and good manners.

Leaving the province in the hands of Abu Abassin Mohammed, the chief of the Sinai and 20,000 Fedyakin, the Mouse then turned his army north and marched straightaway into Jordan and to the city of Amman. There, with Fenriq, Abu and Leto busy elsewhere, Ameur proceeded to tell his troops “the Earth will be cleansed of the Sin of the unbeliever!” and the city was utterly destroyed, walls cast down, earth sown with salt, people slaughtered and their bodies charred beyond recognition.

The Karidjite mosques in the province were also looted and burned to the ground.

1769–1770 T220
Karidjite Imamat: Pressed by the Persians in the east and the Fedyakin in the west, the Imam sat in his house and cried. He had not even a comely maid to keep him company.

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