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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Leaving One’s Leader

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “He who obeys me obeys Allah, and he who disobeys me disobeys Allah. He who obeys the leader obeys me, and he who disobeys the leader disobeys me.” [Sahih Bukhari]

The “leader” referred to in this hadith is the caliph (Khalifa) of the Muslims, or his authorized representative.

Whenever there is a group of three or more Muslims, it is Sunnah for a leader (Ameer) to be chosen. It is Sunnah to obey such a leader, and leaving him or not obeying him contravenes what is recommended, but is not unlawful.

In all cases, Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is the most worthy of obedience. It is out of obedience to Him that we obey who He asks us to of humans. So there is no obedience where it requires one to disobey Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

Once a commander of the Muslims, upset at a mistake of theirs, told them to jump into a fire. They did not obey him. When they returned to the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) they asked him what they should have done. He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) told them that if they had jumped into the fire they would have burned in it for ever.

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