Leaders of the world today

For the past one month, we have seen how general people in few muslim countries have become fed up with or disgusted with their current leaders and finally ousted them from their offices. This what we have seen in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and now Libya. Why? All these happenings because those leaders does not follow the Quran and Sunnah. It is not easy to become a good leader.

It is a well-known fact that the Prophet of Islam SAW was the supremely successful man in the entire human history. According to the Qur’an, he was the best example for all mankind. He has shown us the way of achieving supreme success in this world. By studying the life of the Prophet SAW, we can derive those important principles which were followed by the Prophet SAW. Indeed, the Prophet SAW was a positive thinker in the full sense of the word. All his activities were result-oriented. He completely refrained from all such steps as may prove counter-productive.

This vision of the Prophet SAW has motivated Muslims for more than a millenium. At one point, the Muslim Ummah had to wait 700 years for Constantinople to be liberated. The vision still energizes Muslims. But when one leader does not follow the Quran and Sunnah, then all problems shall occurs and this bring the wrath of Allah and finally the general people will also rise for a change.

The Prophet SAW said:

“Allah does not punish the individuals for the sins of the community until they see the evil spreading among themselves, and while they have the power to stop it, do not do so.” (Ahmad)

Hadith – Sahih Muslim 4569, Narrated Umm Salamah, r.a.

The Messenger of Allah SAW said: In the near future there will be Amirs (rulers) and you will like their good deeds and dislike their bad deeds. One who sees through their bad deeds (and tries to prevent their repetition by his hand or through his speech), is absolved from blame, but one who hates their bad deeds (in the heart of his heart, being unable to prevent their recurrence by his hand or his tongue), is (also) safe (so far as God”s wrath is concerned). But one who approves of their bad deeds and imitates them is spiritually ruined. People asked (the Prophet): Shouldn’t we fight against them? He replied: No, as long as they say their prayers.

The Duty of the Muslim to Give Sincere Advice to the Corrupt Ruler.

“The master of martyrs (sayyid al-shuhada) is Hamzah r.a., and a man who stands up to a tyrant ruler and gives him nasihat (advice). And so the ruler kills him”

The Prophet (SAW) continued to say : ‘By Allah you have to enjoin good (Ma’ruf) and forbid evil (Munkar), and hold against the hand of the unjust ruler (Zalim), and force him on the truth strongly, or you have to limit him to the truth’. By this evidence, which is the hadith commenting on the verse, Allah (SWT) has prohibited us from remaining silent against the evil (Munkar), and He commanded us to remove it. Allah (SWT) commanded the Muslims to enjoin Ma’ruf and deny Munkar, and made it a duty upon them to do so. Allah (SWT) said; ‘Let it be from among you a group who call to the good, enjoin Maroof and deny Munkar’. Allah (SWT) also said: ‘You have been the best nation (Ummah) brought to the people, because you enjoin Ma’ruf and deny Munkar’. [Musnad of Ahmad]

So in this uprising, we need to do it with hikmah and not with solely anger. The best is we follow certain etiquette:

  1. Stand up to a corrupt leader by first calling him to Islam in hopes that he will repent and correct any haram (Islamically forbidden) behavior or teaching. If this does not work, consider it the collective jihad of the community to address the problem.
  2. An Imam of a Masjid can be replaced, but a governmental leader cannot be overthrown as long as he is Muslim. In both cases, sincere advice based on Quran and Sunnah (not feelings) should be given to the Imam or Sultan.
  3. Facts are not established against a person until that person is allowed to defend themselves against all accusations. A person is truly considered innocent until proven guilty in Islam.
  4. Enjoin the good and forbid the evil.