Postponers. Theological school that emerged in the eighth century as a reaction to the extreme puritanism of the Kharijis. Believed in postponing judgment on believers who committed grave sins. Emphasized promise, hope, and respite granted by God rather than threat and punishment. Opposed the doctrine of eternal punishment of sinners. Emphasized God's goodness and love for humankind. Held that a Muslim ruler should be obeyed, even if one disagreed with his policies or questioned his character. Believed in primary and authoritative status given to intention in faith. Preached tolerance toward other Muslims and equality of all believers, regardless of origins. Supported a spirit of unity within the Muslim community.