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On Openly Criticising the Muslim Ruler

On openly criticising the Muslim ruler.

Is it permissible to openly criticise the Muslim ruler in front of a gathering and the people?


We have spoken about this issue many times before! It is not permissible to speak about the rulers because this brings about evil and differing in the society and it splits the unity of the Muslims and cause hatred between the ruler and the ruled. And this splitting and evil leads to rebellion against the ruler and the shedding of blood and matters which have blameworthy consequences. So if you have a comment about them, take it to the ruler secretly by visiting him, if possible, or by writing to him or by informing someone who can convey it to the ruler as a sincere advice to him, and it should be done secretly not openly and this has been mentioned in the hadeeth, “Whoever wishes to advise the ruler, then let him not mention it in public, rather let him take the ruler by his hand. So if he listens then that is that, and if not then he has fulfilled that which was upon him.” And this meaning has been reported from the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahualaihi wasallam).

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan
Al-Ijaabaat al-Muhimmah fee Mashaakil il-Mudlahimmah” by Muhammad bin Fahad al-Husayn
Translated by Abul-Irbaad Abid Zargar
  1. April 13, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    JazaakAllahu khayr for the timely reminder.

    Many times we see this, subhaanAllah, bashing this Muslim country and that Muslim ruler. But we must know that the rulers are a reflection of us, and our deeds. So we notice that if we as an Ummah are in a sorry state, are we to expect rulers the likes of Abu Bakr and ‘Umar and ‘Uthmaan (may Allah be pleased with them)?

    You find that people like to play the blame game, and this I feel, is one such tactic. Rather, we should look intrinsically and try to fix ourselves and cultivate our Islaam. If we did this, instead of criticizing others, I wonder how much better the state of our Ummah would be.

    May Allah ta’ala make us of those who engage in tasfiyah wa tarbiyah to allow this Ummah to regain its glory, Ameen.

    Wa Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatu

  2. April 14, 2008 at 9:15 am

    MashaAllah. May Allah reward you with good in this life and the next life. Ameen to your dua’.

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