Kings Called to Account
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah will seize the earth on the Day of Resurrection and will roll up the heavens in His Right Hand, then He will say, ‘I am the King, where are the kings of the earth?’” [Bukhaari]
The kings of the earth and those who hold power will have to pay for each creature whose life their authority adversely affected.
It was this accountability that the Ulema feared because of which they kept themselves and their families away from positions of power and authority. So much so that the great Tabi'ee scholar of Madeena, Saeed bin Musayyab, rejected the marriage proposal sent for his beloved, beautiful and gifted daughter, from an Umayyad prince (Abdul Malik bin Marwan’s son).
Instead, he got her married to one of his favourite students whose wife had just died, although his student was very poor. The reason he gave was that his daughter was a trust bestowed on him by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), and he did not want to put her to trial (in Fitna) regarding the temptations of the world, by getting her married into wealth.
Do I understand that I’m here only to take an exam and that I shouldn’t add to my exam questions by seeking positions of power?
Am I enchanted by royal families?
Would I consider marrying myself or anyone I love into one?
Do I understand the nature of this world as explained by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) and His Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)?
Do I want to be royalty in Jannah or are the pleasures of the world all I seek?