My dear brothers and sisters,
We must realize that Allah and his Messenger have clarified the methodology that we are supposed to traverse upon. In this no stone was left unturned and as the Qur’an, Hadeeth and our History has been preserved likewise out ‘Aqeedah and Manhaj have been preserved within books such as ‘Usool Ul Ittiqaad Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, Al Ibaanah, Ash Sharee’ah etc.
Regarding the rulers, once the ruler is MUSLIM it is Haraam to do the following:
- Expose him in public by humiliating him or mocking him.
- Revolt against him by the sword/gun etc.
- Disobey the ruler except in that which opposes the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
This is manifest in the above aforementioned books and the primary texts such as ‘Aqeedah Al Waasiteeyah, Lam’ah Al Ittiqaad, ‘Aqeedah At Tahaweeyah and ‘Aqeedah Ar Raaziyain etc. This obedience to the Muslim ruler is obligatory and it rendered to him even if he is treacherous, oppressive and sinful.
Now, it is saddening that brothers who are supposed to uphold these principles seem to apply them conveniently. When a coup was attempted in Turkey by the military some brothers expressed their unabated joy on social media. This was done due to the fact that the Turkish ruler is from the Ikhwaan Al Muslimeen and that some scholars spoke against him.
I wish to re-iterate a previous point. Once the ruler is MUSLIM whether he is the Saudi ruler, the Egyptian ruler, the Kuwaiti ruler etc. it is unlawful to speak ill of him even if he is treacherous, evil, deviant etc. Eras came and went wherein the Muslim ruler was even aiding and supporting the heretic creed of the Mu’tazilah to the point that scholars were killed and tortured for upholding the creed of Ahlus Sunnah. But although this was the case NOT ONE of these great scholars deviated from the clear Usool of Ahlus Sunnah.
May Allah ta’ala aid us in adhering to the principles of Ahlus Sunnah.