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Saudi Arabia Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh: "Obeying the Muslim ruler"

Subject: [montrealmuslimnews] Saudi Arabia Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al al-Sheikh: "Obeying the Muslim ruler without sedition is as a basic principle of Muslims who follow the path of the Prophet."


Monday, July 07, 2008 4:05 PM


MMN Note: Actually, there is much evidence in the Quran and authentic Hadeeth to support what the shiekh is saying in the article below regarding obeying the Muslim ruler and not launching a rebellion against them as the harm done could actually be greater. The following is a small sample from Quran and Hadeeth, followed by the media report. What the sheikh actually said, however, is filtered through the media and these reports - as most MMN readers would know already - cannot always be trusted without first reading the fatwa firsthand and in its proper context, something most reporters should be trained to do but have instead sadly become lapdogs for ideologically driven media outlets who have no desire to report the truth. We - most of us being quite ignorant of Islam, as we have not spent our entire lives studying it like these scholars - are too quick to attack learned scholars without properly investigating what they said and their Quranic and Sunnah basis for their rulings, but instead act upon our emotions when making conclusions and, as a consequence, fall into wrong thinking. Read on:

"O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger (Muhammad (PBUH)), and those of you (Muslims) who are in authority.'' (Quran 4:59)

Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, "It is obligatory upon a Muslim to listen (to the ruler) and obey whether he likes it or not, except when he is ordered to do a sinful thing; in such case, there is no obligation to listen or to obey.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "One who withdraws his hand from obedience (to the Amir) will find no argument (in his defense) when he stands before Allah on the Day of Resurrection; and one who dies without having sworn allegiance will die the death of one belonging to the Days of Ignorance.''

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Hear and obey even if an Abyssinian slave whose head is like a raisin is placed in authority over you.'' [Al-Bukhari].

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "It is obligatory upon you to listen and obey the orders of the ruler in prosperity and adversity, whether you are willing or unwilling, or when someone is given undue preference to you.''

`Abdullah bin `Amr (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: We accompanied Messenger of Allah (PBUH) on a journey. We halted at a place to take a rest. Some of us began to set right their tents, others began to graze their animals while others were engaged in competing with one another in archery when an announcer of Messenger of Allah (PBUH) announced that people should gather for Salat. We gathered around the Messenger of Allah and he ((PBUH)) addressed us, saying, "Every Prophet before me was under obligation to guide his followers to what he knew was good for them and to warn the evil thing which he knew. As for this Ummah, it will have sound state and in its early stage of existence; but the last phase of its existence, will be faced with trials and with things you do not recognize. There will be tremendous trials, one after the other, and to each the believer will say, `That is it'. Whenever a trial arrives the believer will say: `This is going to bring about my destruction.' When this passes, another calamity will approach and he will say: `This surely is going to be my end.' Whosoever wishes to be removed from the Fire (Hell) and admitted to Jannah should die with faith in Allah and the Last Day; and he should treat others as he wishes to be treated. He who swears allegiance to an Imam, he should give him the pledge in ratification and the sincerity of his heart. He should obey him to the best of his capacity. If another man comes forward as a claimant (when one has already been installed), behead the second.'' [Muslim].

Wa'il bin Hujr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Salamah bin Yazid Al-Ju`f (May Allah be pleased with him) asked Messenger of Allah (PBUH): "O Prophet of Allah! Tell us, what you command us to do if there arises over us rulers who demand of us what is due to them and refuse us what is due to us.'' Messenger of Allah (PBUH) turned away from him, but he repeated the same question. Thereupon Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Listen to them and obey them. They are responsible for their obligations and you are accountable for yours.'' [Muslim].

`Abdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "There will be discrimination after my death and there will be other matters that you will disapprove.'' He was asked: "O Messenger of Allah! What do you command us to do when we are encountered with such happenings?'' He answered, "Give what is due from you and supplicate to Allah for your rights.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Whosoever obeys me, obeys Allah; and he who disobeys me, disobeys Allah; and whosoever obeys the Amir (leader), in fact, obeys me; and he who disobeys the Amir, in fact, disobeys me.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "If a person notices in his ruler what he dislikes, he should show patience because he who departs from the (Muslim) community a cubit, dies like those who died in the Days of Ignorance.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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