The Ahmadiyya Gazette, September 1994
- Ma’qil ibn Yasam relates that he heard the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, say: Allah will forbid Paradise to one whom He appoints in authority over people and who plays them false, die when he might. (Bokhari & Muslim) Another version is: Even the fragrance of paradise will not reach him, if he does not look after them with goodwill and sincerity. Muslim’s version is: If a person is in charge of the affairs of the Muslims and does not strive diligently to promote their welfare, he will not enter Paradise with them.
- Ayesha relates that she heard the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, say in her house: Allah, when one who is placed in authority over my people is hard on them, be Thou hard on him also, and when such a one is gentle with them, be Thou gentle with him also. (Muslim)
- Abu Maryam Azdi relates that he said to Mu’awiah: I heard the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, say: If Allah places someone in authority over the Muslims and he puts up a barrier between himself and their needs and objects and poverty, Allah will put a barrier between Himself and his needs and objects and poverty on the Day of Judgement. So Mu’awiah appointed a man to keep a check on the needs of people. (Abu Daud & Tirmidhi)
- Auf ibn Malik relates that he heard the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, say: Your best rulers will be those whom you love and who love you, and for whom you pray and who pray for you; and your worst rulers will be those whom you hate and who hate you, and whom you curse and who curse you. We asked: Messenger of Allah, shall we not boycott them? He said: Not so long as they maintain the Prayer services; not so long as they maintain the Prayer services. (Muslim)