The Tyranny of Rulers – The Result of Our Deeds

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The Tyranny of Rulers is the The Result of Our Own Evildoing, And A Punishment From Allah

By Shaykh Manzoor Numani in Ma’riful Hadith

It is narrated by Abu Darda (radhiyallahu anhu) that Rasulullah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said: “Allah says:

“I, alone, am Allah, and there is no Deity save Me. I am the King of Kings, the Lord of the Lords. The hearts of the sovereigns (kings and rulers) of the world are in my Hands, (and). (My practice is) that when My bondsmen obey Me, I incline the hearts of their rulers with love and compassion towards them and when they take to the path of transgression and disobedience, I turn the hearts of their rulers with anger and punishment against them, and then, they oppress them severely. Thus, do not engage yourselves in cursing the ruler, but turn to Me in remembrance and earnest repentance so that I may suffice for you in deliverance from the tyranny and despotism of the rulers.” (Abu Na’eem)

COMMENTARY

For everything that takes place in the world, good or evil, there are some apparent and some hidden reasons. In this Tradition, the holy Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) had declared, in the words of the Lord Himself that the type of rulers people get and the way they govern is, in fact, the outcome of their own deeds and actions. The standing command and proclamation of the Supreme Being, the Author of all things, is that:

“I am King of Kings, the Lord of the Lords. The hearts of the rulers are in My control, and My practice is that when people, on the whole lead a life of submission and obedience, I produce affection and benevolence for them in the hearts of their rulers, while if they, in general, take to the path of intransigence and wrong doing, I give rise to feelings of anger and cruelty in their rulers hearts.

In fact, it is My Wrath and Displeasure, and the rulers are, only, the instruments. So, when the rulers are unjust and cruel, do not curse them as it will avail nothing, but remember Me, feel genuinely sorry for your misdeeds, seek My forgiveness, and reform your ways. It is the only way to obtain relief from oppression and injustice of the rulers.”

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