What Makes Great Leaders?

I received this nice quote from Shaikh of Islam Ibn Taimiyyah via email. May Allah reward and bless brother Navaid Aziz for translating it and sending it out. It’s definitely one to remember.

As for the statements of Imam Ahmad pertaining to this topic, then they are just a continuation of the statements that preceded from the Imams of Guidance. He didn’t introduce any new opinions, but rather manifested the Sunnah and made it clear. He safeguarded it, and made clear the state of all those who opposed it. He fought for it and was patient upon the harms in doing so when desires and innovations appeared. Indeed Allah -the most high- has said, «And We made from amongst them leaders guiding by Our command, when they were patient and [when] they were certain of Our signs» (32:24). Thus it is with both patience and certainty that one attains (true) authority in the deen. And it was when Imam Ahmad established both of them that his name was affiliated with authority in the sunnah and it became as renowned as it is. Thus he was emulated by those after him, just as he emulated those before him.

And even then the sunnah is that which the companions acquired from the messenger of Allah -Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam- and that which the successors inherited from the companions, and like wise inherited by those who succeeded them until the last day, even though from them were authorities who were more knowledgeable of it and likewise more forbearing. And Allah -glorified and exalted is He- is the most knowledgeable and the ultimate authority, and Allah knows best.

Source: Majmoo’ al Fataawa of Ibn Taymiyyah (Volume 3. Page 358)

Translated by: Navaid Aziz.


About Rasheed Gonzales
My name is Rasheed Gonzales. I’m a Muslim convert of Filipino descent. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, I was guided to Islam through one of my younger brothers and a couple of friends, all of whom had converted to Islam sometime before me (may Allah reward them greatly). I am married with four children (and the praise is Allah’s) and also a volunteer for the Qur'an & Sunnah Society of Canada, based in Toronto.

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