|Concerning Correction of the Rulers|
Imaam Ibn Baz on the Manhaj of Correcting the Rulers|
|Source: Al-Ma'loom min Waajib il-'Ilaaqah bain al-Haakim wal-Mahkoom, (pp.22-23)|
|Article ID : MNJ160003  |
Shaykh Abdul-Azeez ibn Baaz, was asked, "Is it from the manhaj
(methodology) of the Salaf to criticise the Rulers from the mimbar (the pulpit)? And what is the manhaj of the Salaf with respect to advising the Rulers?" He responded:
"It is not from the manhaj of the Salaf to publicise the faults of
the Rulers and to mention such things from the pulpit because that
leads to confusion, disorder and the absence of hearing and obeying
the ruler in what is good. It also results in (the people) becoming
engrossed (with these matters, arguing and debating) which causes
harm and produces no benefit. The followed path with the Salaf,
however is to give naseehah (advice) with respect to the matters
which are between themselves and the leader, writing to him or by
reaching him through the scholars who keep in touch with him (to
advise him) until the ruler is directed towards the good. Repelling
the evil occurs without mentioning the doer of the evil. So
fornication, drinking of intoxicants and the taking of usury are
curbed without mentioning the one who does such things. Warding off
the evil and warning and the people against it is sufficient
without it being mentioned that such and such a person does it,
whether he is a ruler or other than the ruler.
And when the fitnah occurred in the time of 'Uthmaan, some of the
people said to Usaamah ibn Zaid , "Will you not speak to 'Uthmaan?"
So he replied, "You think that I will not talk to him without letting you know about it (also). Indeed, I will certainly talk to him regarding that which concerns me and him without initiating a
matter which I do not love to be the first to initiate."
And when they (the Khawaarij) opened up the evil in the time of
'Uthmaan and rejected 'Uthmaan openly, the fitnah, the killing and
the mischief, which has not ceased to affect the people to this
day, was brought about And this caused the fitnah to occur between
'Alee and Mu'aawiyyah and 'Uthmaan was killed for these reasons.
(Furthermore) a large number of Companions and other besides them
were killed due to this open rebellion and the open proclamation of
the faults (of the ruler), until the people began to hate the one
charged with authority over them and killed him. We ask Allaah for
success." End of the words of the Shaykh.