The Gentle and Harsh Ruler

Aishah (radi Allahu anha) reported: I heard the the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) supplicating in my house: “O Allah! Treat harshly those who rule over my Ummah with harshness, and treat gently those who rule over my Ummah with gentleness.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

We benefit from the above hadith how fortunate is a ruler who establishes his claim to the special approval and supplication of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) by providing justice to people!

On the other hand, how unfortunate is that ruler who incurs the Prophetic supplication (i.e. “treat harshly those who rule over my Ummah with harshness”) by doing injustice to people!

This Hadith is suggestive of a rulership based on justice and lays emphasis on refraining from injustice and atrocity.

And Allah knows best!

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