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HOW TO DEAL WITH PERCEIVED MISTAKES OF LEADERS



By
Ustadh AbdulGaniyy Jum'ah

When a Sunni/ Salafi sees the rate at which the laws of Allah are violated these days, he feels very sad and disturbed: violations on the side of individuals and violations on the side of various governments.

He, however, tries to admonish the people as much as he can without the use of violence. And if he is close to the government, he advises them. If they take from him, he praises Allah. 

However, if they turn down his admonitions, he doesn't openly criticize them nor call for protests against them not to talk of revolt, as this is the way of the khawaarij. Rather he relates with them in accordance with the ahadith of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, ( sallaa Allahu alayhi wa sallam) which teach us to be patient with the people in authority; he consoles himself with those ahaadith that ask us to be patient when selfishness and appropriation are done by some rulers.

He also prays for their guidance and the guidance of the generality of the people.

This, however, doesn't mean he should not warn against the vices in the society; this can be done without attacking the authorities. 

Finally he should also keep in mind the hadith that says:

《لَتُنْقَضَنَّ عُرَى الْإِسْلَامِ عُرْوَةً عُرْوَةً، فَكُلَّمَا انْتَقَضَتْ عُرْوَةٌ تَشَبَّثَ النَّاسُ بِالَّتِي 
تَلِيهَا، وَأَوَّلُهُنَّ نَقْضًا الْحُكْمُ، وَآخِرُهُنَّ الصَّلَاةُ 》 أحمد 

(The handholds of Islam shall be broken one after another; when a handlehold gets broken, the  people clinch to the next one. The first to be broken is al-hukm] the Rule[, and the last to be broken is as-Salaat [prayer]. Ahmad recorded this.

With ahaadith such as this, he sees consolation, and he continues the dawah to the way of Allah in terms of 'aqeedah, manhaj, fiqh, manners etc.

May Allah make  our feet firm on His path and make us all inmates of al-Jannah.

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