CORRUPT MUSLIM LEADERS
THE WAY FORWARD

by Mufti Z.Bayat [South Africa]

Part 2 of 2

LEADERS ARE BUT A REFLECTION OF SOCIETY

It is to alert the Ummah to this reality that Sayyidina Muhammad (sallallahu-alayhi-wasallam) said the following words of wisdom on the relationship between rulers and the ruled: "As you are, so will be the rulers that will be set over you" - Mishkaat-al-Masabeeh
 

".... the hearts of the rulers are in my control. When My servants obey Me, I turn their leaders towards them in kindness. When My servants disobey Me, I turn their rulers towards them with 
wrath and anger, then they punish them terribly. So do not engross yourselves in swearing and criticising your rulers but rather engross yourselves in Dua and humble submission so that I may take care of your (oppressive) rulers" - al-I'itidaal
The message is loud and clear - leaders are installed upon society and placed over them by virtue of actions and deeds. No doubt, the Ummah desperately requires just, honest, competent and benevolent leaders, but equally important, the Ummah itself is in need of great reform. Without a reformed Ummah, the best leaders will not be good enough for they will not be appreciated by a corrupt society. In fact, good leaders would be in grave danger of harm from their own subjects. The only leadership capable of governing a corrupt society are corrupt and cruel leaders. Some are of the thinking that corrupt leaders should be deposed and overthrown by force. But does this provide a lasting solution? Hardly so. Simply removing corrupt leaders is not the answer. In fact, corrupt leaders deposed will be quickly succeeded by other corrupt leaders, maybe more corrupt than the former.

THE WAY FORWARD A PROGRAM OF ACTION 

The starting point of the way forward is a concerted program of Ummah reform. The Ummah must once more return to the perennial teachings of Islam, based on Quran, Sunnah and the expert scholars. All macro and micro reformation efforts and programs must be increased, strengthened, supported and encouraged vigourously, to imbue the Ummah with sound Islamic values. There must be unison and harmony between these varying reformation efforts, even though the methodology may differ. Every member of the Ummah must be linked to any of these reformation programs.