Sunday, October 22, 2017

Leadership's Obligations

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The person who accepts the charge of administering the affairs of the Muslims and then does not serve their interests and does not tire himself out in their service to the same extent that he tires himself out to fulfill his personal needs, shall be thrown by Allah headlong into the fire of Hell.” [Tabaraani]

Aware of the additional accountability that one will have to face, no pious Muslim asks to be burdened with leadership in any form. In fact, this is a litmus test to differentiate between those who understand Islam and those who don’t.

However, if one is entrusted with leadership without seeking it, or if the rights of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), the Muslims, or Islam are not being fulfilled, and one undertakes leadership only to fulfill this need, then one must work hard to honourably and honestly discharge the affairs entrusted to him.

Be fully conscious of your responsibilities and execute your duties diligently, energetically, and sincerely.

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