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responsibilities thereof. For example, a ruler should primarily possess the ability to maintain law and order and to
establish justice; and secondly, he should be endowed with sufficient dynamism and vision to cope with new
demands and situations. This basic principle applies to every official, whether in the capacity of governor, minister,
advisor, financial administrator or a clerk. Apart from the sense of job, ability and integrity, he should be fired with
determination with regard to his work. An office is indeed an important trust, and to have it without meeting the said
conditions is a sort of treachery .
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮﺳر نأ ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ةﺮﻳﺮُه ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋو
ﻰﻠﻋ نﻮﺻِﺮﺤﺘﺳ ﻢﻜﱠﻧإ
ِﺔَﻣﺎﻴِﻘﻟا مْﻮﻳ ﺔَﻣاَﺪَﻧ ُنﻮُﻜَﺘﺳو ، ِةرﺎﻣﻹا
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ُﻩاو
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"You will covet for
getting a position of authority, but remember that it will be a cause of humiliation and remorse on the Day of
This Hadith urges people, particularly the incapable ones, to shed off the ambition to achieve
rulership and power. It is feared that owing to their lack of talent they will mismanage the task which will be
assigned to them. This will render them guilty with Allah. The Prophet (PBUH) dissuades such people from
accepting any government portfolio as in this way they will remain safe and trouble-free. Yet, if a deserving person
gets a job of high responsibility, he should do his utmost to do full justice to it, so that he may be spared remorse on
the Day of Resurrection