3 Hadith on Revolting against the Rulers

Posted on July 12, 2014

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The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“The best among your rulers are those whom you love and they love you in turn, those who pray (make supplication) for you and you pray for them. The worst of your rulers are those whom you hate and they hate you in turn, and you curse them and they curse you.” 

Someone asked:
“O Messenger of Allah! Shall we confront them with swords?” 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“No, as long as they hold prayers among you. If you see from your rulers what you hate, hate the action they do but do not rebel against them.”
[Sahîh Muslim] 

Hudhayfah b. al-Yamân asked the Prophet (peace be upon him):
“O Messenger of Allah, we were living in an evil (atmosphere) and Allah brought us good (Islam) and we live in it now. Will there be evil after this good?” 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Yes.” 

Hudhayfah b. al-Yamân said: “And any good after this evil?” 

He said: “Yes.” 

Hudhayfah b. al-Yamân said: “And any evil after this good?” 

He said: “Yes.”

Hudhayfah said: “How will it be?” 

He said:
“Rulers after me will come who do not abide by my guidance and Sunnah. Some of their men will have Satan’s heart in a human’s body.” 

Hudhayfah said:
“What should I do, O Messenger of Allah, if I live to see that time?” 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“You should listen and obey them even if the ruler smites your back and takes your wealth.”
[Sahîh al-Bukhârî and Sahîh Muslim] 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“There will be rulers over you. You will agree with some of what they come with and reject some of it. Whoever rejects what must be rejected will maintain his innocence and whoever hates it will maintain his innocence. However, those who accept (what should be denied) and follow the ruler will be sinners.” 

The Companions said:
“O Messenger of Allah, shall we fight these rulers?”

He said:
“No, as long as they pray.”
[Sunan al-Tirmidhî] 

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