Into the balance must be thrown the hundreds, if not thousands, of zealots who had fled abroad and returned in 1558-1559.
5, the reference in the Mishnah to the Zealots (2t hptot) is the occasion for a long romantic account of the wars preceding the destruction of the Second Temple.
But in yielding to the will of the majority he excited the displeasure of the minority, the genuine zealots, who in Moawiya were opposing the enemy of Islam, and regarded Ali's entering into negotiations with him as a denial of the faith.
Many zealots objected to the introduction of these innovations in the sacred text, but theological consistency had to yield to practical necessity.
My friends never had occasion to vindicate any one circumstance of my character and conduct; not but that the zealots, we may well suppose, would have been glad to invent and propagate any story to my disadvantage, but they could never find any which they thought would wear the face of probability.