Sincerity of the Ruler

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Any slave whom Allah makes him in charge of subjects and he dies while he is not sincere to them, Allah will make Jannah unlawful for him.”

[Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In other narrations both found in Sahih Muslim, the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “He who does not look after his subjects with goodwill and sincerity, will be deprived of the fragrance of Jannah.” And he (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) also said, “A ruler who, having control over the affairs of the Muslims, does not strive diligently for their betterment and does not serve them sincerely, will not enter Jannah with them.”

Commentary:

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And be kind and humble to the believers who follow you.” (26:215)

We benefit from the above ahadith that the rulers (those who have authority over others) have obligations. They are told that their designation is very important because they are responsible for tackling the problems and affairs of millions of people.

If their single-minded devotion, determined efforts and heartfelt feelings of well-wishing will not go to solving these problems, they will be deemed guilty by Allah.

Rulers are, therefore, warned, lest power should go to their head and make them unheedful of people’s problems, rights and concerns. Instead being fully conscious of their accountability to Allah they are apt to make full efforts to provide justice and peace to people.

“Forbiden from entering Jannah” means they will not enter it with the first successful people until they get punished for their wrongdoings. If however, they were treacherous to their subjects while regarding this injustice lawful, thus disobeying Allah and His Commands, they will stay in Hell forever because this way they have made permissible and lawful what Allah has forbidden.

And Allah knows best!

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