Sayings of the Holy Messenger (Peace be upon Him)






277.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


Whom your rulers are the best of you, the rich are generous and your (collective) affairs are settled by mutual consultation then the back of the earth is better for you than its belly. But when your rulers are the worst people among you, your rich people miserly and your affairs are in the hands of women then the belly of the earth is better for you than its back.  (Tirmizi, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)

278.  Sayyidina Qasim bin Muhammad (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


I had intended to summon Abu Bakr and his son and leave a will appointing him the Khalifah (successor) so that no one may say something afterwards and no one may crave for something. But, I thought then that Allah too will reject and the Muslims too will not allow anyone else to become a Khalifah. Therefore, I did not think it necessary to leave such a will.   (Bukhari, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


279.  Sayyidina Awf bin Maalik (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


Your best rulers are they whom you love and they love you, you pray for them and they pray for you. Your worst rulers are they whom you despise and they despise you; you curse them and they curse you.   (Muslim, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


280.  Sayyidina Abdur Rahman bin Samerah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)

Do not yourself seek leadership and government because if you get them through canvassing then it will become your own responsibility to run them. But, if you are given those things without your seeking them then Allah will help you (in running them).   (Bukhari, Muslim, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)

281.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


You will come to show greed for leadership and high office although it will appear on the day of Resurrection as (a cause of) regret. It may be a very good source of milk but it is a very bad parting.  (Bukhari, Nasa’i, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


282.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


By Allah! We do not entrust the office (of government) to such a person who seeks it (himself) or is greedy for it.  (Bukhari, Muslim, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)

283.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


If Allah has entrusted responsibility to someone to look after the affairs of the Muslims and he ignores their needs, wants and poverty keeping himself away from them, then on the day of Resurrection, Allah will ignore his needs, wants and poverty and keep Himself away from him.  (Abu Dawood, Tirmizi, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)

284.  Sayyidina ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


Surely, the Right Hand of ar-Rahman Who disburses justice-and both the Hands of Allah are Right-will be on the pulpits of light. These are the people who, as long as they rule, met justice in their judgement even in the matters concerning their family members.  (Muslim, Nasa’i, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


285.  Sayyidina ‘Ma’qil bin Yasaar (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


If Allah bestows on one of His slaves governance over a people and he deceives them dying doing that sin, Allah will make it unlawful for him to enter Paradise.  (Bukhari, Muslim, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


286.  Sayyidina Abu Sa’eed (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


On the day of Resurrection, the one dearest to Allah and closest to Him in the assembly will be that head of government who was just. And the one most worthy of His anger and furthest from Him in the assembly will be that head of government who was a tyrant.  (Tirmizi, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


287.  Sayyidina Ibn ‘Abbas (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


If anyone is supervising over ten people, he will be presented on the day of Resurrection with his hands tied to his neck until justice frees him or oppression ruins him.  (Bazzaar, Tabarani, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)

288.  Sayyidina Abu Bakr (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


The nation that gives the reins of its government to a woman will never prosper.  (Tirmizi, Nasa’i, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


289.  Sayyidina Ka’b bin ‘Ujrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


Listen! Many leaders will come after me. So, if anyone goes to them and sides with them in their falsehood and supports them in their oppression then he has no connection with me and I have nothing to do with him; he will not be able to make it to the pond al-Kawthar. But he, who does not help them in their oppression and does not side with them in their falsehood, is with me and I am with him, and he will make it to al-Kawthar to drink of its water.  (Tirmizi, Nasa’i, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


290.  Sayyidina Anas (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


Listen and obey your rulers even if an Abyssinian slave with a head like a resin is made to rule over you as long as he goes by the Book of Allah.  (Bukhari, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


291.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)

He who obeys me has obeyed Allah and he who disobeys me has disobeyed Allah. He who obeys the Ameer (leader) has obeyed me and he who disobeys the Ameer has disobeyed me. The head of government is actually a shield which is used in battle as a protection and kept in front. Thus, if he commands you to fear Allah and is just and fair then he will get against that a reward, but if he said anything against that then he will be regarded as a sinner by Allah.  (Bukhari, Muslim, Nasa’i, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)

292.  Sayyidina Ibn ‘Umar (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


It is waajib (obligatory) for a Muslim to listen to his Ameer and obey him whether he likes the command or not except if he is given a command to sin, in which case it is forbidden to listen to him or obey him.  (Sahaah Sittah, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


293.  Sayyidina Arfajah bin Shareeh (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


When you have agreed on a ruler and someone comes to weaken you or cause separation in your ranks then kill him.  (Muslim, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


294.  Sayyidina Arfajah bin Shareeh (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


Kill him with the sword who tries to disunite this people while they are one and united, whoever this man be.  (Muslim, Abu Dawood, Nasa’i, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)


295.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)


He who gives up obedience (to the Islamic government) and separates from the Muslims community dies the death of the days of Ignorance. He who fights under the banner of ‘lack of knowledge’ provoked because of party consideration, or while helping his party and gets killed then he too dies the death of Ignorance. And, he who goes out to fight my people and kills their pious and evil men not sparing any Believer of the Ummah or respecting a covenant then he is not with me and I have nothing to do with him.  (Muslim, Nasa’i, Jama’ al-Fawa’id)



Collected  from The Book “Sayings of The Prophet” (Peace Be Upon Him),  Written by Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani &  Published by Darul Ishaat, Urdu Bazaar Karachi,  (collected by: Muhammad Sharif Fauji)