Corrupt Rulers are the Fruit of Our Own Deeds

Are tyrant and corrupt rulers the problem in the Ummah? Although some may say yes, I would say, no, they are not the problem, but they are a symptom. In reality, unjust rulers are a punishment to the Ummah for our negligence and sins.

{Thus We let some of the wrong-doers have power over others because of what they are wont to earn.} (6:129)

At-Tartooshi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “I continued hearing the people saying: ‘your deeds are your workers’ (meaning it is your deeds which will rule over you) and as you are (behave), you will have leaders placed over you. Then I found a similar meaning in the Quran: {Thus We let some of the wrong-doers have power over others because of what they are wont to earn.}

And it is said, ‘What you reject something in your time, (know that it is) your deeds which corrupted it for you.’

So yes, we may have corrupt and unjust rulers, but they are the fruit of our own deeds.

~ Younus Kathrada

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