Showing posts with label Unjust Rulers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Unjust Rulers. Show all posts

Tuesday 6 June 2023

Who will never feel even the smell of Paradise

Islam lays immense emphasis on Justice and encourages the rulers ruling the Islamic states to be just and kind. In fact, justice is the hallmark of an Islamic state and states where rulers are helpful, kind and just. such rulers are best liked by Allah and His Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
The Qur'an says: "Allah has promised to those among you who believe and do righteous deeds that He will assuredly make them to succeed (the present) rulers and grant them vicegerency in the land just as He made those before them to succeed (others)" (ixiv. 55).
However, despite the Divine and prophetic directives, we see many Muslim rulers violating these commandments and subjecting their people to harsh living and punishments so that no one stands up and say the truth. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ has said in one of his Hadiths:
Rulers after me will come who will be unjust and evil and will not follow my guidance and my tradition (sunnah). Some of their men will have the hearts of devils in a human body.
With this background, we share a Hadith that cautions the unjust rulers and gives them tidings of severe consequences both in this world and the hereafter. This Hadith is mentioned in Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī  (Book 93 - Judgments (Ahkaam) كتاب الأحكام / Chapter 8: The ruler not ruling in an honest manner / باب مَنِ اسْتُرْعِيَ رَعِيَّةً فَلَمْ يَنْصَحْ) as Hadith 7150, given herein under:

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو نُعَيْمٍ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الأَشْهَبِ، عَنِ الْحَسَنِ، أَنَّ عُبَيْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ زِيَادٍ، عَادَ مَعْقِلَ بْنَ يَسَارٍ فِي مَرَضِهِ الَّذِي مَاتَ فِيهِ فَقَالَ لَهُ مَعْقِلٌ إِنِّي مُحَدِّثُكَ حَدِيثًا سَمِعْتُهُ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم سَمِعْتُ النَّبِيَّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ
 ‏ "‏ مَا مِنْ عَبْدٍ اسْتَرْعَاهُ اللَّهُ رَعِيَّةً، فَلَمْ يَحُطْهَا بِنَصِيحَةٍ، إِلاَّ لَمْ يَجِدْ رَائِحَةَ الْجَنَّةِ ‏"‏‏‏

Narrated by Ma'qil:

I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, "Any man whom Allah has given the authority of ruling some people and he does not look after them in an honest manner, will never feel even the smell of Paradise."

It is a great blessing of Allah if He gives someone the authority to rule over his people. By being just, he will be a contender of Paradise and countless bounties of Allah. But those who become proud and arrogant after being given a chance to rule and are unjust in their dealings make their living miserable and painful. It is for such unjust rulers that Allah promises that they will not even feel the smell of paradise in the life of the hereafter. And this punishment will also be applicable to those who support such dishonest and cruel rulers for their worldly gains.

Can you imagine the enormity of this punishment that awaits the unjust rulers? I wish such rulers read Qur'an and Hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ that forewarn them of their horrible end and amend their ways of governing and help and assist their people rather than criminalizing them.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

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