Principles Regarding The Rulers – By Abu ‘Iyād Amjad Rafiq

Abu 'Iyād Amjad Rafiq

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Principles Regarding The Rulers – By Abu ‘Iyād Amjad Rafiq حفظه الله.

Some points discussed during this lesson:

  • The false claims spread by the media that Salafiyyah is linked to terrorism, and the importance of clarifying these misconceptions.
  • Core concepts terrorist ideologies are based upon.
  • Examples of the scholars’ refutations of these deviant ideologies and those who promote them.
  • A beautiful passage from Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) regarding the wisdom of Allāh in making the kings and rulers to be in accordance with the actions of their subjects.
  • Twelve principles regarding how the Muslims should behave with their rulers, with supporting evidences:
  • 1. The Messenger ﷺ called to ijtimā’ (unity).
  • 2. He ﷺ warned from splitting and the causes of splitting.
  • 3. The jamā’ah cannot exist or be upheld except with an imām who is given ṭā’ah (obedience).
  • 4. This obedience must be given irrespective of whether the ruler is pious or sinful.
  • 5. The Sharī’ah has prohibited secrecy.
  • 6. Khurūj (rebellion) is prohibited.
  • 7. The Sharī’ah has ordered us to give advice.
  • 8. The prohibition of reviling and abusing the rulers.
  • 9. Advice to the rulers must be given in private.
  • 10. It is prohibited to rebel even if the ruler continues upon disobedience and oppression after he has been advised. Rather, the Messenger ﷺ commanded with patience.
  • 11. The prohibition of publicising the sins of the rulers upon the minbar.
  • 12. The prohibition of inciting the people against the rulers, scholars and jamā’ah.


  1. Are Salmān al-‘Awdah and Safar al-Ḥawālī still upon the same manhaj for which they were criticised or are they now upon the Salafī manhaj?
  2. Some people say that since this is Dār al-Ḥarb we are allowed to use deception and secrecy in our dealings.

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