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19 May 2019 CE | 15 Ramadhan 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Ruler’s Betrayal Worst

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “On the Day of Resurrection, for every betrayer a banner will be raised according to the extent of his betrayal, and no betrayal is greater than that of a ruler.” [Muslim]

Rulers are responsible for the greatest number of people, thus their betrayal is the greatest. A leader’s or ruler’s betrayal is regarded as being so bad because it affects many people, and because he possesses power and authority, so he has no need to resort to betrayal.

The greater the act of betrayal, the higher the banner will be raised on that Great Day.

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) will make the punishment take this form because this is the way in which people understand the punishment… The Arabs used to raise a banner beside betrayers in their gatherings and on the occasion of Hajj, and they paraded the offender with a description of his crime. [At-Tadhkirah by Qurtubi]

Imagine… In this life, if a single one of our crimes/sins is posted on our backs and we are forced to go about with this humiliation, how will we feel? Then how will we be able to stand it on the Day of Judgement when all of mankind is witness?

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