Positions of Ruling are not to be chased

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Maria ki Mama
Jun 16, 2009
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عَنْ أَبِى مُوسَى قَالَ دَخَلْتُ عَلَى النَّبِىِّ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- أَنَا وَرَجُلاَنِ مِنْ بَنِى عَمِّى فَقَالَ أَحَدُ الرَّجُلَيْنِ يَا رَسُولَ

اللَّهِ أَمِّرْنَا عَلَى بَعْضِ مَا وَلاَّكَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ. وَقَالَ الآخَرُ مِثْلَ ذَلِكَ فَقَالَ إِنَّا وَاللَّهِ لاَ نُوَلِّى عَلَى هَذَا الْعَمَلِ أَحَدًا سَأَلَهُ

وَلاَ أَحَدًا حَرَصَ عَلَيْهِ

Abu Musa narrated – I entered upon the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم with two men from the bani umaay,so one of the two men said – O Messenger of Allah appoint me over some of that which Allah made you responsible for, and the other man also said something similar

So the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم replied “I swear by Allah I would not appoint over this work anyone who asked for it nor anyone who covets it”



  • To seek positions of ruling for the authority they bestow is not the characteristic of a leader, and hence anyone who has such aspirations is not suitable for the position.
  • These principles are in contrast to the non-Islamic political bodies where politics is seen as a profession and a way to make money and garner power, and hence becomes coveted and competed over amongst anyone irrespective of their capabilities.

Source: The Sixty Sultaniyya (A collection of hadith relating to Ruling)
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