Abdul-‘Azīz Āli-Shaykh on Disobeying the Rulers & Abandoning the Scholars

الفتاوى الشرعية يف القضايا العصرية :Original Title
Author: Abdul-‘Azīz Āli-Shaykh
‘Abdul-‘Azīz Āli-Shaykh1
on Disobeying the Rulers &
Abandoning the Scholars2
Question: Some biased and questionable people these days are promoting by way of
the internet and calling the youth of this country to disregard obedience to the
leaders/government of the country and to instead oppose them. They also call the youth
not to listen to the scholars in this regard. So, we ask for your counsel and comments on
this.
Answer: We seek refuge with Allāh from such evil circumstances. These are the
hypocrites. They are astray and in their hearts is a disease. They envy Islam and its
people. Whoever calls to opposing and rebelling against the leader, whoever calls to
insurgence against the authorities, and whoever calls to chaos, then there’s hypocrisy in
his heart and a disease. May Allāh suppress and disgrace such a person.
This person is, and we seek help from Allāh, one of the callers to evil and wickedness
and of those who cause distress to a nation. He’s one of those who have a sickness of
envy in their hearts towards Islam and its adherents. They love to spread chaos and
anarchy among Muslim societies.
It is required for every Muslim to have insight and to fully comprehend all that he hears.
No doubt, the internet is one of the most technological advances in communication.
However, unfortunately it sometimes contains websites and allows access to the
promotion of criminal, misleading, and hypocritical information which takes others away
1
‘Abd al-‘Azīz Āli-Shaykh: The current Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (born 1362
Hijrah / 1941). – T.N.
2
This fatwā was taken from a book called “al-Fatāwā al-Shar’iyyah fī al-Qadhāyā Al-‘Asriyyah,” a
collection of various rulings by Muhammad Ibn Fahd al-Ḥusayn.2
from Allāh. These are politically sectarian people causing nothing but corruption. Allāh
() says:
 وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ ال تُفْسِدُوا فِي األَرْضِ قَالُوا إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ مُصْلِحُونَ أَال إِنَّهُمْ هُمُ
الْمُفْسِدُونَ وَلَكِنْ ال يَشْعُرُونَ 
And when it is said to them, “Do not cause corruption on earth,” they say,
“We are only trying to rectify and better the situation.” For sure, they are
the corruptors but they don’t perceive it.
[Sūrah al-Baqarah, 2:11-12]
Anyone who invites another person to oppose and rebel against the obedience of those
in leadership and not to listen to them, then assume the worst of such a person in that
he’s a hypocrite and a wicked sinner. He has no allegiance, no religion, and no loyalty.
This is so because, and we seek refuge with Allāh, these types of incitements promote
chaos, bloodshed, the plundering of property, and the violation of people’s rights. Our
society, thanks to Allāh, is a Muslim society under Muslim leadership. There are men in
its service working for the well-being of the country, defending it, some working
throughout the entire night safeguarding it in order to protect it in every possible way.
They sacrifice their time and money for the establishment of this society. Whenever any
ways leading to evil arise, Allāh repels them from this country by means of what it
contains of good, rectifications, legislative rulings, and good intentions from those in
positions of authority in the country. May Allāh grant them success and guide them to all
that’s good.
So, these types of calls and invitations on the internet and by other means originate from
envious people and misguided hypocrites. They cannot come from a Muslim who fears
Allāh and remains conscious of Him. A Muslim is someone who fears Allāh
conscientiously, calls to that which Allāh calls to of listening to and obeying the leaders in
obedience to Allāh, and supports them by cooperation, especially in these recent times of
dangers and tribulations that threaten all Muslim societies. So, alliance, cooperation,
mutual support, and the unity of hearts and goals, and of the ranks of the people – this is 3
what’s obligated upon us and required from every individual among us. The Prophet ()
said:
مَنْ لَقِيَ اهللَ وَلَيْسَ فِي عُنُقِهِ بَيْعَةٌ، فَإِنَّهُ يَمُوْتُ وَمَيْتَتُهُ مَيْتَةٌ جَاهِلِيَّةٌ
“Whoever meets Allāh (dies) with no allegiance of obedience upon him, then he
dies a death in a state of Jāhiliyyah (pre-Islamic state of ignorance).”3
Whoever has within his heart envy and enmity towards the country and belittles
obedience and social order, he lives a wretched life and dies the death of Jāhiliyyah.
A Muslim should love the good for other Muslims. He should love that they are united and
that their hearts and ranks are one. It’s well-known that these enemies desire only chaos
and disorder and not unity.
This country is envied because of its religion, its safety, its leadership, affluence and rich
resources, and its unity and uniformity. So, we ask Allāh for His protection from these
misguiding propagations. Every Muslim is required, when hearing such evil, to pay no
attention to it, reject it, and make it known that it originates from people with hearts full of
envy and animosity, of deviance and evil – from those waging war against Allāh and his
.( صلى اهلل عليه وملم ) messenger
May Allāh protect our Muslim lands from every evil. We ask Allāh to preserve for us our
religion, our safety, and our leadership. May He unite us on obedience to Him and may
He prevent the plots of the treacherous and the hatred of the envious.4
3 Recorded by Muslim (no 4770).
4
Taken from the casette, Aḥdāf al-Ḥamalāt al-‘Ilāmiyyah Ḍid Wulāh wa ‘Ulamā’ Bilād al-
Ḥaramayn.

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