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20 November 2018 CE | 11 Rabbi al-Awwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Ruler and Allah in Opposite Directions


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever lives in a jungle will have his heart harden. And he who runs after game (in hunting) will become unmindful (of Allah). And he who goes to the door of the ruler will become embroiled in Fitnah. And the more one cultivates closeness to the ruler the farther he will move away from Allah.” [Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal in his Musnad]

The things a person does, the place where he lives, the company he keeps, and his profession, all leave a distinct mark on his character. He is affected by each of these. They mould his behaviour and condition him to think and feel a certain way.

Thus, this hadith cautions us against living in jungles, chasing after prey (at least on a regular basis), approaching rulers, and trying to keep company with them or gain closeness to them.

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