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Chapter 83
ﺎﻬﻴﻠﻋ صﺮﺣ وأ ﺎﻬﻟﺄﺳ ﻦﻤﻟ تﺎﻳﻻﻮﻟا ﻦﻣ ﺎﻤهﺮﻴﻏو ءﺎﻀﻘﻟاو ةرﺎﻣِﻹا ﺔﻴﻟﻮﺗ ﻦﻋ ﻲﻬﻨﻟا بﺎﺑ
ﺎﻬﺑ ضّﺮﻌﻓ
Prohibition of Appointing an Aspirant Person to a Public Office of Authority
لﺎﻗ ﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ﱢيﺮﻌﺷَﻷا ﻰﺳﻮﻣ ﻲﺑأ ﻦﻋ
َﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻲﺒﻨﻟا ﻰﻠﻋ ُﺖﻠَﺧد
ْﻦِﻣ ِنﻼُﺟَرَو ﺎَﻧأ ﻢﱠﻠ
ﺎَﻤُهُﺪَﺣأ لﺎﻘﻓ ، ﻲﱢﻤَﻋ ﻲﻨﺑ
، َﻚﻟذ َﻞْﺜِﻣ ُﺮﺧﻵا لﺎﻗو ، ﱠﻞﺟو ﱠﺰﻋ ، ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َكﱠﻻو ﺎَﻣ ِ
ﺾﻌﺑ ﻰﻠَﻋ ﺎَﻧﺮﱢﻣأ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮﺳر ﺎﻳ
لﺎﻘﻓ :
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ صَﺮَﺣ ًاﺪَﺣأ وأ ، ﻪَﻟَﺄَﺳ ًاﺪﺣأ َﻞَﻤَﻌﻟا اَﺬه ﻲﱢﻟَﻮُﻧ ﻻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟاو ﺎﱠﻧإ
Abu Musa Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I called on the Prophet (PBUH) with two of my
cousins. One of them said to him: "O Messenger of Allah (PBUH), appoint me governor of some land over which
Allah has given you authority.'' The other also requested for something of the same nature. Messenger of Allah
(PBUH) said,
"By Allah we do not appoint someone to this post who seeks it or someone who contends for it.''
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
This Hadith supports the theme presented in this chapter by Imam An-Nawawi, that is, a person
pushing himself up for an office should be deprived of it. Ambitious persons usually manage to get a high office for
self-aggrandizement, damaging the interests of other people. A government should primarily aim at the welfare of
people and not serve the interests of the privileged few or benefit the holders of key posts alone.