Avoid Fitnah! Don’t be Deceived by the West and the Ikhwaanis.
Are The Following People Bootlickers of the Wicked Rulers?
Al-Imam Abu Daud reported in his “Sunan” from Aasim bn Bahdalah who said:
“سَمِعْتُ الْحَجَّاجَ، وَهُوَ عَلَى الْمِنْبَرِ يَقُولُ اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ لَيْسَ فِيهَا مَثْنَوِيَّةٌ وَاسْمَعُوا وَأَطِيعُوا لَيْسَ فِيهَا مَثْنَوِيَّةٌ لأَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ عَبْدِ الْمَلِكِ وَاللَّهِ لَوْ أَمَرْتُ النَّاسَ أَنْ يَخْرُجُوا مِنْ بَابٍ مِنْ أَبْوَابِ الْمَسْجِدِ فَخَرَجُوا مِنْ بَابٍ آخَرَ لَحَلَّتْ لِي دِمَاؤُهُمْ وَأَمْوَالُهُمْ
(I heard al-Hajjaj say on the pulpit: Fear Allah as much as possible; there is no exception in it.
Hear and obey the Commander of the Faithful ‘Abd al-Malik; there is no exception in it.
I swear by Allah if I order people to come but from a certain gate of the mosque, and they come out from another gate, their blood and their properties will be lawful for me.
I swear by Allah, if I seize the tribe of Rabi’ah for the tribe of Mudar, it is lawful for me from Allah.
Who will excuse me and not blame me, if requite the slave of Hudhail (i.e. ‘Abd Allah b. Mas’ud) who thinks that his reading of the Quran is from Allah.
I swear by Allah, it ( Mas’ud’s recitation) is a rhymed prose of the Bedouins. Allah did not reveal it to his Prophet (Peace be upon him).
Who will excuse me for these clients (non-Arab) and will not blame me!. One of them thinks that he will throw a stone and when it falls (on the ground) he says: Something new has happened. I swear by Allah, I shall leave them (ruined and perished) like the day that passes away.)
Al-Imam al-Bukhari also recorded in his “as-Sahih from az-Zubair bn ‘Adiy who said,
“أَتَيْنَا أَنَسَ بْنَ مَالِكٍ فَشَكَوْنَا إِلَيْهِ مَا نَلْقَى مِنَ الْحَجَّاجِ فَقَالَ ” اصْبِرُوا، فَإِنَّهُ لاَ يَأْتِي عَلَيْكُمْ زَمَانٌ إِلاَّ الَّذِي بَعْدَهُ شَرٌّ مِنْهُ، حَتَّى تَلْقَوْا رَبَّكُمْ ”. سَمِعْتُهُ مِنْ نَبِيِّكُمْ صلى الله عليه وسلم.”
(We went to Anas bin Malik and complained about the wrong we were suffering at the hand of Al- Hajjaj. Anas bin Malik said,
“Be patient till you meet your Lord, for no time will come upon you but the time following it will be worse than it. I heard that from the Prophet”)
This is al-Hajjaaj that killed a lot of scholars such Abdullah bn az-Zubair ( a companion) , Saeed bn Jubair and others. He also wished Ibn Mas’ud were alive so that he could deal with him.
He wronged a lot of people to the extent that some gathered themselves and organized a revolt against him. However, the revolt was not fruitful; rather they were mercilessly dealt with.
Ibn Sa’d reported from Suleiman bn Aliyy ar-Rab’ii who said,
” لَمَّا كَانَتِ الْفِتْنَةُ ، فِتْنَةُ ابْنِ الأَشْعَثِ إِذْ قَاتَلَ الْحَجَّاجَ بْنَ يُوسُفَ ، انْطَلَقَ عُقْبَةُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْغَافِرِ ، وَأَبُو الْجَوْزَاءِ ، وَعَبْدُ اللهِ بْنُ غَالِبٍ فِي نَفَرٍ مِنْ نُظَرَائِهِمْ .
فَدَخَلُوا عَلَى الْحَسَنِ ، فَقَالُوا : يَا أَبَا سَعِيدٍ ، مَا تَقُولُ فِي قِتَالِ هَذَا الطَّاغِيَةِ الَّذِي سَفْكَ الدَّمَ الْحَرَامَ ، وَأَخَذَ الْمَالَ الْحَرَامَ ، وَتَرَكَ الصَّلاَةَ ، وَفَعَلَ وَفَعَلَ ؟ قَالَ : وَذَكَرُوا مِنْ فِعْلِ الْحَجَّاجِ.
قَالَ : فَقَالَ الْحَسَنُ : أَرَى أَنْ لاَ تُقَاتِلُوهُ ؛ فَإِنَّهَا إِنْ تَكُنْ عُقُوبَةً مِنَ اللهِ فَمَا أَنْتُمْ بِرَادِّي عُقُوبَةِ اللهِ بِأَسْيَافِكُمْ
قَالَ : فَخَرَجُوا مِنْ عِنْدِهِ وَهُمْ يَقُولُونَ : نُطِيعُ هَذَا الْعِلْجَ ؟ قَالَ : وَهُمْ قَوْمٌ عُرْبٌ.
قَالَ : وَخَرَجُوا مَعَ ابْنِ الأَشْعَثِ قَالَ : فَقُتِلُوا جَمِيعًا.”
(When the fitnah of Ibn al-Ash-‘ath happened when he fought al-Hajjaaj bn Yusuf. ‘Uqbah bn AbdilGaafir , Abul Jawzaai and Abdullah bn Gaalib set out together with a group of their counterparts.
They entered upon al-Hasan and said to him
” O Abu Sa’eed ! What do you see to fighting the tyrant who spilled the sacred blood, taken the sacred wealth, has abandoned the Salat and done so and so ? They mentioned of the acts of al-Hajjaaj .
He ( al-Hasan) said ” My opinion is that you should not fight him. If he is a punishment from Allah you can not ward off the punishment of Allah with your swords. And if he is a trial, be patient until Allah passes [His] judgment for He is the best of the Judges.
He said, they went out from his [ house] saying ” Are we going to follow the this ‘ilj ” He[ ar-Rab’ii] said ” And they Arab people”
He [ ar-Rab’ii] said, ” And they revolted [against al-Hajjaaj and they were all killed” )
Ibn Sa’d also reported in his ” at-Tabaqaat” that al-Basri said,
” إن هذه الفتنة إذا أقبلت عرفها كل عالم وإذا أدبرت عرفها كل جاهل ”
(When this turmoil approaches, the knowledgeable ones know it; however, when it leaves with its devastating effects, the ignorant ones come to realize it)
Ibn Abi Shaybah also reported in his ” Musannaf ” from Suwaid bn Gaflah who said,
” ﻗﺎﻝ ﻟﻲ ﻋﻤﺮ: ﻳﺎ ﺃﺑﺎ ﺃﻣﻴﺔ , ﺇﻧﻲ ﻟﺎ ﺃﺩﺭﻱ ﻟﻌﻠﻲ ﺃﻥ ﻟﺎ ﺃﻟﻘﺎﻙ ﺑﻌﺪ ﻋﺎﻣﻲ ﻫﺬﺍ , ﻓﺎﺳﻤﻊ ﻭﺃﻃﻊ ﻭﺇﻥ ﺃﻣﺮ ﻋﻠﻴﻚ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺣﺒﺸﻲ ﻣﺠﺪﻉ , ﺇﻥ ﺿﺮﺑﻚ ﻓﺎﺻﺒﺮ , ﻭﺇﻥ ﺣﺮﻣﻚ ﻓﺎﺻﺒﺮ , ﻭﺇﻥ ﺃﺭﺍﺩ ﺃﻣﺮﺍ ﻳﻨﺘﻘﺺ
Umar said to me ” O Abu Ummayah ! I don’t know if I may not meet you after this year. Listen to and obey [ the authorities] even if an Ethiopian slave, whose limbs have been cut, were to be imposed on you as a ruler.
Even if he beats you, be patient; even if he denies you your rights be patient.
However, if he wants from you something that will diminish your religion, say ” I am ready to listen and obey but my blood is in place of my religion ”
All these people scholars bootlickers of the wicked rulers? The answer to that is that they are acting according to the ahadith of the Prophet ( sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallam) .
The Prophet ( sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said,
” يَكُونُ بَعْدِي أَئِمَّةٌ لاَ يَهْتَدُونَ بِهُدَاىَ وَلاَ يَسْتَنُّونَ بِسُنَّتِي وَسَيَقُومُ فِيهِمْ رِجَالٌ قُلُوبُهُمْ قُلُوبُ الشَّيَاطِينِ فِي جُثْمَانِ إِنْسٍ ”
( There will be leaders who will not be led by my guidance and who will not adopt my ways. There will be among them men who will have the hearts of devils in the bodies of human beings)
Hudhayfah then asked the Prophet ( sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallam)
“كَيْفَ أَصْنَعُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنْ أَدْرَكْتُ ذَلِكَ ؟ “
( What should I do O Messenger or Allah if I live till that time?”
Messenger of Allah responded ”
“ تَسْمَعُ وَتُطِيعُ لِلأَمِيرِ وَإِنْ ضُرِبَ ظَهْرُكَ وَأُخِذَ مَالُكَ فَاسْمَعْ وَأَطِع”
(You will listen to the Amir and carry out his orders; even if your back is flogged and your wealth is snatched, you should listen and obey.) This is in Sahih Muslim, kitab al-Imaarah, [the Book on Government ].
This, however, does not mean the unjust and tyrannical leaders are going to go scotfree on the day of resurrection.
Al-Bukhari reported that al-Hasan al-Basri reported from Ma’qil bn Yasaar that the Prophet ( sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said,
“مَا مِنْ وَالٍ يَلِي رَعِيَّةً مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ،
“If any ruler having the authority to rule Muslim subjects dies while he has cheated them, Allah will forbid Paradise for him”
( Sahih al-Bukhari, kitab al-Ahkaam [ the Book of Judgements])
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