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Advice for Muslim rulers and scholars

Advice for 'Muslim rulers' and 'scholars'

Q. While practicing Da`wah (calling to Islam) extensively in the most sacred place on earth, what is your valuable advice for the Muslim rulers and scholars?

A. My advice for the Muslim rulers is to abide by the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him), and apply it to the people whom they rule, according to Allah's (Exalted be He) saying:

"And so judge (you O Muhammad) among them by what Allh has revealed and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they turn you (O Muhammad) far away from some of that which Allh has sent down to you. And if they turn away, then know that Allh‘s Will is to punish them for some sins of theirs. And truly, most of men are Fsiqn (rebellious and disobedient to Allh)" [Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 49].

"Do they then seek the judgement of (the days of) Ignorance? And who is better in judgement than Allh for a people who have firm Faith." [Surah Al-Ma'idah, 5: 50].

Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) also says: "But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad ‘ “) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission." [Surah Al-Nisa', 4: 65].

There are many Ayahs (Qur'anic verses) that stress this meaning.

Thus, the happiness of the Islamic countries will be established; the unstable situation of the Islamic world will be settled; the rulers and the people will find their desired happiness and security; and everyone will gain happiness and safety in this world and the Hereafter.

My advice to Muslim scholars is to clarify Al-Haqq (the Truth) for the people by their words and actions; practice Da`wah sincerely and courageously; and fear the blame of no one, as they carry a heavy responsibility, and they know what nobody else knows.

May Allah support His religion, raise His word, gather the hearts of all Muslims, leaders and peoples, on what pleases Him and protect them all from the evil of their deeds! May He also guide them to Al-Sirat-ul-Mustaqim (the Straight Path)! He is the One Who is Capable of doing so.

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