Election Day Thought

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The acts of the leader are the acts of the nation. If the leader is just, the nation is just; if he is unjust, the nation too is unjust.

– Rabbinical Wisdom

Ya Haqq!


6 Responses to Election Day Thought

  1. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving Bhai

    Truth indeed!!!!!

    Isn;t there a dua that’s read in friday sermons which runs something like: ‘grant us god-fearing leaders’?

    Abdur Rahman

  2. darvish says:

    Salaam Dear Abdur Bhai (Brother):

    A quick search found these two hadiths on leadership.

    Abu Sa’id ‘Abdu’r-Rahman ibn Samura said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to me, ‘O ‘Abdu’r-Rahman ibn Samura. Do not ask for leadership. If you are given it without asking for it, you will be helped in it. If you are given it through asking for it, it will be up to you. If you make a vow and then see something other than it which is better than it, then do that which is better and expiate your oath.'”

    Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “You will covet leadership, but it will be a source of regret on the Day of Rising.” [al-Bukhari]

    Ya Haqq!

  3. Buzz Kill says:

    How does this jibe with “One cannot atone for the sins of another?”

    Both are true, seem mutually exclusive and yet wisdom would seem to indicate that there is a resolution.

  4. Irving says:

    I think the resolution is in realizing that the Rabbinical wisdom meant that a just leader would make just laws and govern from them, while an unjust leader would make unjust laws and govern by them. For all unjust laws come from the leader’s desire for more power and not justice for the people he governs. Such are tyrants.

    Indeed, one cannot atone for the sins of another, but one can pray for his brother, that his sins may be forgiven. The people of a nation with an unjust leader are not to blame for unjust laws, though other nations may paint all that nation’s inhabitants with the same broad brush. “Oh, if he comes from America, he is a warmonger.”

    Ya Haqq!

  5. mshahin says:

    Salaam Alakium brother Irving,

    Thanks for posting this because it reflects truth. People become responsible in an indirect way when their leaders are committing injustice because they have to at least try to stop it. When they remain complacent, then they are partly responsible. So I do agree with this wisdom, and thanks for posting it.

    Wa Salaam

  6. mystic says:

    how true is the wisdom

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