Leadership Corruption in Islam

In The Name of Allah Most, Compssionate, Ever Merciful

There is no deity (God) but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Leadership Corruption in Islam

RASULALLAH (S.A.W.W) 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)

Ibn Taimiyyah said: “This is why those who are in authority are of two groups: the scholars and the rulers. If they are upright, the people will be upright; if they are corrupt, the people will be corrupt.”

ALLAH says:

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ALLAH also says:

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Be Firm yet Just with a Corrupt Muslim

ALLAH says:

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When the fitnah occurred in the time of ‘Uthman (RA), some of the people said to Usamah ibn Zaid , “Will you not speak to Uthman?” he replied: “You think that I will not talk to him without letting you know about it (also). Indeed, I will certainly talk to him regarding that which concerns me and him without initiating a matter which I do not love to be the first to initiate.”

Duty of a Muslim to Give Sincere Advice to the Corrupt Ruler

“The master of martyrs (sayyid al-shuhadaa) is Hamza, and a man who stands up to a tyrant ruler and gives him nasiha (advice). And so the ruler kills him.” Rasulullah (SAW) continued to say : “By ALLAH you have to enjoin good and forbid evil, and hold against the hand of the unjust ruler 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 has prohibited us from remaining silent against the evil, and He commanded us to remove it. ALLAH commanded the Muslims to enjoin good and deny evil, and made it a duty upon them to do so. ALLAH said; “Let it be from among you a group who call to the good, enjoin good and deny evil.” ALLAH also said: “You have been the best nation (Ummah) brought to the people, because you enjoin good and deny evil.”(Musnad of Ahmad)

Saying Of The Pious People


Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (RA) used to say: “Whoever aids an oppressor or taught him an argument to nullify the right of an ordinary Muslims, has drawn upon himself the anger of Allah.”

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Abdullah ibn Abu Awfa narrates Rasulullah (SAW) said, “ALLAH is with the Qadi as long as he is not tyrannical, but when he is, He departs from him and the Devil attaches himself to him.”(Tirmidhi)

Fighting A Corrupt Muslim Ruler

If an Imam or Amir is corrupted he should first be given a call to submission in private, or possibly in public if his evil deeds were done in public. If he does not turn away from his evil deeds, he should be overthrown or removed from position. However, in the process of removing him from position, he should not be physically fought, such as waging war with weapons. This is because the ruler is still Muslim, and the Muslims are not to attack or kill another Muslim. If, however, the Muslim leader or ruler completely abandons his salaat, he nullifies his Islam and can be fought if necessary. (However, to prove this, it would take an Islamic court or similar situation in which the person could defend themselves against all accusations). Umm Salamah (RA) narrated Rasulullah (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), and is (also) safe (so far as ALLAH’s wrath is concerned). But one who approves of their bad deeds and imitates them is spiritually ruined.” People asked (Rasulullah (SAW)): “Shouldn’t we fight against them?” Rasulullah (SAW) replied: “No, as long as they say their prayers.”

(Sahih Muslim)

Rulers Will Be Held Accountable To ALLAH

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated Rasulullah (SAW) said: “The Israelis used to be ruled and guided by prophets: Whenever a prophet died, another would take over his place. There will be no prophet after me, but there will be Caliphs who will increase in number.” The people asked: “O ALLAH’s Apostle! What do you order us (to do)?” Rasulullah (SAW) said, “Obey the one who will be given the pledge of allegiance first. Fulfill their (i.e. the Caliphs) rights, for ALLAH will ask them about (any shortcoming) in ruling those ALLAH has put under their guardianship.”

(Al-Bukhari)

Rasulullah (s.a.w.w) said: “If any ruler having the authority to rule Muslim subjects dies while he is deceiving them, ALLAH will forbid Paradise for him.”

(Al-Bukhari)

ALLAH says:

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Ma’qil narrated “I heard Rasulullah (SAW) 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.”

(Sahih Muslim)

ALLAH says:

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ALLAH also says:

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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. An Imam who is sexually immoral or otherwise a proven fasiq, and therefore does not qualify to be an Imam or ruler over the people. 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.

The best judge of a man other then ALLAH is his wife, should he treat her well and he would treat the community well!

“Enjoin the good and forbid the evil. Remember… ALLAH sees everything we do!”

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Our Lord! grant us good in this world
and good in the hereafter,
and save us from the chastisement of the fire

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