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People With Authority and Positions

BY: Liyakat Shah | Category: Careers | Submitted: 2012-07-11 07:22:55
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Article Summary: "In olden Islamic days the Governors were so honest and pious that they even did not take monthly salary more than their needs or expenditure and even the poor people had the authority to approach and discuss with them and they did not feel any bad either meeting any person or listening and solving their grievances..."


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People With Authority And Positions

In today's world we find many humans coming forward to take the seats of authority or any position may be it's against their choice; sometimes they are not liable or suited for that. So do they perform their duty whole heatedly with an intention of helping and serving the people? If any of the people is unhappy in the kingdom than the whole and sole responsibility falls on the authority. In olden Islamic days the Governors were so honest and pious that they even did not take monthly salary more than their needs or expenditure and even the poor people had the authority to approach and discuss with them and they did not feel any bad either meeting any person or listening and solving their grievances. But now a day's things have changed and our higher authorities even do not show their faces. They do not bother about the people or of society. They just care for themselves and their relatives in the name of leadership. They lack in all grounds of leadership

Let us analysis our power and authority with reference to Quran and Hadith
Regarding electing and appointing people to positions of authority, the Quran says:
"Allah commands you to make over trusts (or positions of trust and authority) to those worthy of them."
(Holy Quran 4:58)

"Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority from among you; then if you quarrel about anything (with your authorities) refer it to Allah and the Messenger"
(Holy Quran 4:59),
Settle any disagreement by means of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet's example.

"Obedience (of authority) is due only in good matters", i.e., orders to do wrong must not be obeyed.
(Holy Prophet in Bukhari.)
The first head of state of the Muslims after the Holy Prophet, the famous Hazrat Abu Bakr, said in a speech after his election:
"Help me if I am in the right. Correct me if I am in the wrong. Obey me as long as I obey Allah and His Messenger; in case I disobey Allah and His Messenger, I have no right to obedience from you."
"The most excellent jihad is to speak the truth in the face of an unjust ruler." (Holy Prophet in Mishkat.)

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