In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Verily, all praise is for Allah, we seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own souls [and from our bad deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides will never be led astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, [alone and without any partner] and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

“O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allah.” [Ali Imran 3:102]

“O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person, and from him He created his wife, and from them both He created many men and women, and fear Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship) Surely, Allah is Ever an All-Watcher over you).” [al-Nisa’ 4:1]

“O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth). He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (SAW) he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hellfire and made to enter Paradise).” [al-Ahzaab 33:70-71]

As to what proceeds: Verily the best of speech is the Book of Allah and the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (SAW). The worst of affairs are the newly-invented affairs in the religion and every newly invented affair in the religion is an innovation and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the hellfire. As to what proceeds:

Dear Muslims! Fellow Nigerians! Remember Allah always and praise Him in the morning and evening. Know, may Allah grant you His Mercy, that Zikr (Allah’s remembrance) is the best speech to Allah. Abu Dhar (R. A) narrated a Hadith in which he said that the Messenger of Allah said to Him:

“Should I tell you about the most beloved speech to Allah? The most beloved speech to Allah is Subhanallahi wa bi-Hamdihi. (I exalt Allah above all unsuitable things ascribed to Him, and all the praises are for Him).” (Muslim collected this Hadith)

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Servants of Allah! Zikr (remembering Allah) brings life to the hearts, enlightens and purifies them and fills them with happiness. Therefore, remember Allah always, humble yourselves before Him and Invoke Him in Du’a (Supplication), for: “Du’a (invocation) is the Ibadah (worship),” where Ibadah pertains to acts of worship. Invoke Allah for all your needs, minor and major, the necessary ones and those you can wait to attain. Await Allah’s relief (and it will surely come) Allah said:

“Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret.” (Al-A’raaf, 7:55)

Know, dear Muslims, that when a Muslim says Du’a for the benefit of his brother or sister, he or she earns Allah’s rewards. Allah said:

“And those who came after them say: Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith.” (Al-Hashr, 59:10)

Further, Abu Ad-Darda’ and Uwaimir bin Zaid (R.A) said that they heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say:

“Every Muslim slave (Servant of Allah) who invokes Allah for the benefit of his absent brother, then the angel will reply, ‘Amin’ and for you the same.” (This Hadith was collected by Muslim)

Abu Ad-Darda’ (R.A) also narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said:

“The invocation of Allah by a Muslim person for the benefit of his absent brother is accepted. There will be an angel right next to his head who is entrusted with the job of replying, ‘Amin, and for you the same,’ every time he invokes Allah for his brother to earn all that is good and righteous.” (Also, Muslim collected this Hadith)

It was reported that Abu Ad-Darda’ (R.A) used to invoke Allah for seventy of his companions by name when they were not present with him, thus testifying that his heart was pure towards his brethren.

Therefore, Brothers and Sisters, since invoking Allah for other Muslims carries a reward for the Muslim, then there is no doubt that invoking Allah for Leaders to have a good health, to lead people righteously and honestly carries greater reward and bounties from Allah. Also, invoking Allah for other people is a part of the sincere advice that Muslims must deliver to their brethren.

Tamim bin Aus Ad-Dari (R.A) narrated:

“The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘The religion is sincerity.’ We said ‘To whom?’ He said, ‘To Allah, His Book, and His Messenger and to Leaders and their common folk.”

Servants of Allah! Our leaders actually need support and prayers from us in order to bring national development and the consolidation of democratic gains in the nation. This is the time of patience and sacrifice. Our economy was in danger. Only God through our prayers can take us out of these problems bedeviling our country. And our prayers and supports to the leaders will go a long way in bringing the solutions to all these challenges by God’s Grace.

My Respected people! Invoking Allah for sincere Leaders becomes more important especially if they lead people righteously and honestly. Therefore, the believing slave should draw closer to Allah by invoking Him for Leaders, because when they are righteous, the Ummah (Nation) in general benefits from their righteousness, and the vice versa. We should warn against the practice of those who do not have knowledge and whose habit is to defame their sincere and righteous leaders and curse them, thus earning sin because of their ill-mannerism. There is a big difference between advising, and cursing and defaming. Muslims should offer sincere advice to their leaders, but should refrain from cursing, attacking, shouting and stoning them for fear that this might shatter the unity of the Ummah, causing a larger evil than the one they seek to remove. This, if it happens, will only please the enemies of unity and progress and bring comfort and happiness to their hearts.

Know that when the Leaders are righteous, the Nation will benefit as a whole.

Abu Umamah (R.A) narrated that the Prophet (SAW) said:

“Do not curse your leaders and invoke Allah to make them righteous, for their righteousness brings about your well-being as well.”

This Hadith asserts the requirement from Muslims to advise their leaders and invoke Allah to make them righteous, just and fair. Also, implementing this Hadith serves to unite the Ummah (Nation), just as the Prophet (SAW) commanded.

Umm Al-Husain Al-Ahmasiyyah (R.A) said that she heard the Messenger of Allah (SAW) say in a special Khutbah he delivered at Arafat:

“Even if a slave is appointed your leader, your commander, leading you according to Allah’s Book, (or he is following the rule of law or respecting the law of the land) then hear him and obey.”

Abdullah, son of Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal commented:

“I heard my father say, ‘I believe that the leader has the right on me that I hear and obey him in times of ease and times of hardship, whether I feel vitality or relaxation.” (Muslim, Ahmad and Ibn Majah collected this Hadith)

Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, who is known as the Imam of the Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, used to say:

“If I have an accepted supplication, I will invoke Allah on behalf of the Leader.”

This statement from Imam Ahmad indicates his knowledge and understanding in the religion. If the Leader is righteous and just, the entire country will benefit, righteousness will flourish, Allah’s blessing will descend on them, the righteous people will become dominant and the evil ones will be humiliated.

Fellow Muslims! Fellow Nigerians! Invoking Allah for Just and sincere Leaders is a way of helping one another in righteousness and fear from Allah; it unites the word of the Ummah, brings their hearts together and makes their Leader feel kind towards his nation.

Imam Ahmad and Muslim narrated that ‘Auf bin Malik Al-Ashja’i said:

“I heard the messenger of Allah say, ‘The best of your leaders are those who you love and they love you, for whom you invoking Allah for mercy and blessings and they invoke Allah for you for mercy and blessings. The worst of your Leaders are those whom you hate and they hate you, whom you curse and they curse you.’ We asked, ‘O Allah’s Messenger! Should we fight them in the latter case?’ He said, ‘No, as long as they establish the prayer for you. Verily, if a commander is appointed over one of you and he witnessed his commander committing Allah’s disobedience, let him hate the disobedience of Allah that he is committing, but refrain from rising against him.”

O Allah! Who creates, sustains and controls the affairs within the universe. He Who protects and preserves us and controls our affairs, the Sole Creator, Sustainer and Brilliant Planner. We call on You to forgive us, have sympathy for us and give our president Muhammadu Buhari, good health, wisdom, power, knowledge and grace to stop and defeat the extremists (Boko Haram), a group which destroys, and does not build, corrupts much, and does not rectify, and all the related terror activities from this our beloved and great country, Nigeria. Give him the good health to continue the fight on corruption. Give him the good health and wisdom to rectify the economy, Ameen, Yaa Allah!

My respected people! Our leaders actually need support and prayers from us in order to bring national development and the consolidation of democratic gains in the nation. This is the time of patience and sacrifice. Our economy was in danger. Only God through our prayers can take us out of these problems bedeviling our country. And our prayers and supports to the leaders will go a long way in bringing the solutions to all these challenges by God’s Grace. Allah make this change a blessing and mercy to all of us.

Imam Al-Hassan Ibn Khalaf Al-Barbahari may Allah be pleased with him said:

“Whenever you see a man making Du’a (supplicating) against the leader then know that he is a person of his desires – a person of Innovation – and whenever you see a man making du’a for the uprightness and well being of the leader, then know that he is a person of the Sunnah, Allah willing…”

Imam Al-Barbahari then said:

“We have been commanded to make du’a (supplicate) for them – the leaders – to be upright, and we have not been commanded to make du’a against them even if they oppressed and were aggrieve and unjust, because the leaders transgression and oppression is against themselves (only) and if they were to be upright (through du’a) it will be of benefit for themselves and for the people In General.” (Al-Sunnah 113, 114)

Narrated by Abu Nu’aim in Al-Hilyah (8/91) Ibn Abd al-Barr in the Jami’ Al-‘ilm wa-fadluh) (1/641) Abu Ya’la (2/36) in Tabaqatul-Hanabilah Abdul Samad bin Yazid al-Baghdadi, Reported:

“I heard Fudayl ibn Iyad May Allah be pleased with him saying: “If I had a Du’a (supplication) which was to be answered, I would not make it except for the leader.” It was said to him, “O Abu Ali, explain that to us.” He replied, “If I made the supplication for myself, its benefit would not go beyond me; whereas if I make it for the leader and he is corrected, then he would become upright, and the servants and the land will be set in order.”

In the book of the Sunnah by al-Khallaal, narrated from Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal he said:

“I make Du’a for him – the leader – throughout the day and night that (Allah may bless him with) conciliation and reconciliation, and support and I see it (Making Du’a for the leader) a duty upon me.” (See Fatwas of Ibn Taymiyyah (28/391), and Qinaa. (2/32)

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“The Salaf – may Allah be pleased with them -, from them Al-Fudayl ibn Iyad and Ahmad ibn Hanbal and others used to say, if we were to have a definite du’a that surely will be accepted we would make it for the leader.” (Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah in Fatawa 28/391)

Sakhaawi said in Al-Maqasidul-Hasanah:

“Al-Tabarani narrated, – and its mentioned also in (Adab Al-Hassan Al-Basri) by Ibnul Jawzi (119) -: that al-Hasan al-Basri heard a man supplicating against al-Hajjaj whereupon he said to him: “Do not do that! Truly you are all the same and were treated accordingly, – from your sins and disobedience (Allah) has punished you with this leader – The only thing we fear, if al-Hajjaj were to be put away or die, is that apes and pigs shall be made leaders over you. It has been narrated: “Your deeds are your workers (a`malukum `ummalukum) and as you are, so will your leaders be.”

Imam Ahmad Ibn Yahya An-Najmi (in Ta’liq of Sharhul-Sunnah) said:

“This (making du’a against the leader) is a clear sign of the people of hizbiyah (partisanship and those who split into parties and sects.), that they make du’a (supplicate) against the leaders, and they do not supplicate for them. If it is said, that if the leader becomes corrupted, then his corruption will corrupt the land and the people, and the supplication against them, is a means of uplifting the current corruption in the land; then we say that the one who forbid going against the leader knows more about what is beneficial. Allah forbid going against the leaders, by the tongue of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) whatever the corruption may be as long as it does not reach the level of Kufr (disbelief).”

Imam Al-Tahawi Said in the book of Aqidah:

“We do not believe in rebelling against our leaders and the guardians of our affairs even if they are oppressive. We don’t supplicate against them, nor remove a hand from their obedience. We believe that obedience to them is of the obedience to Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, an obligation, as long as they do not command with disobedience. We pray for their uprightness and well-being.”

Imam Salih Aal-al-shaykh said in Presenting the Questioner with the topics in At-Tahawiyyah: Al-Tahawi, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

“We do not believe in rebelling against our leaders and the guardians of our affairs even if they are oppressive. It is mentioned in this sentence the ‘Aqida of which the Imams of the pious Salaf have consensus upon, what they compiled in their books of beliefs (‘Aqaa’id), and considered whoever opposed it to be in opposition to the Sunnah and the Jama’ah (the group), that we do not believe in rebelling against our leaders and the guardians of our affairs even if they are oppressive, i.e. rebellion with the sword, revolting against them, breaking up the union, dividing the word, or by believing in rebellion, or believing that it is permissible, or adhering to an approach (madhhab) of someone who permits it, as will be mentioned later inshaa Allah. His statement ‘We do not believe in rebelling’ (We do not believe), i.e. the people of the Sunnah and the Group (Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah), those who follow the narrations and the guidance of the Salaf, what the Companions were upon, and what is indicated by the evidences. They don’t believe in rebelling against the leaders and the guardians of the affairs, even if they have committed acts of oppression, tyranny, and injustice, it is compulsory that they be obeyed, as obedience to them is an obligation.”

Imam Salih Aal-al-Shaykh also said:

“At-Tahawi, may Allah have mercy upon him, said: and we don’t supplicate against them – the leaders – he means that the guidance of the pious Salaf and Imams of Islam is that they don’t supplicate against the guardian of the affairs and the leaders, because supplicating against them is the sign of the people of rebellion and those who believe in using the sword, either believing it to be permissible or actually using it. The guidance of the pious Salaf is that they supplicate for them and not against them, because with supplicating for them is uprightness and well-being, as will be mentioned later. In supplicating against them is the settling of the hearts on hatred for them and it is one of the causes for the belief in rebellion, and the medium has the same ruling as the objective, so just as rebellion and the belief in rebellion is prohibited according to the Imams in their books of ‘Aqaaid, so too is its medium in the heart which is supplicating against them because it breeds hatred for them and hatred for them leads to rebelling against them. This is connected to what he said in the end of the sentence, ‘We pray for their uprightness and well-being’ i.e. the guidance of the pious Salaf and the Imams of Islam in Aqida is that, just as we do not supplicate against them, we don’t just keep quiet, rather we pray for their uprightness and well-being. A prayer for the uprightness of the guardian of the affairs is in reality a prayer for the Ummah, because his uprightness is uprightness for the people ([W]ell-being). i.e. that Allah protects him from what he has been tested with, or from matters that he conducted amongst his citizens which are in opposition to the religion.”

Some of the Companions, May Allah be pleased with them, – I think it was Abu Dhar – used to talk about Mu’awiyyah, may Allah be pleased with him, concerning some of his behaviour, financial dealings, and appointments, so he came to him concerning it and said to him: O so and so do you not have sins? He said: Indeed. He said: So what do you hope concerning your sins? He said: I hope for pardon and protection from Allah the Exalted and Majestic. Mu’awiyyah, may Allah be pleased with him, said: Do you not hope for me what you hope for yourself?
He kept quiet.

This shows that praying for the uprightness, well-being and guidance of the guardian of the affairs is the guidance of the past and is what is in accordance with the fundamentals of the Shari’a.

A group of Imams said, from amongst them are Al-Fudayl bin Iyad, Imam Ahmad and a group, “If we had a prayer that would be answered, we would make it for the leader.”

Al-Barbahaari has mentioned in his book Sharh Usul As-Sunnah that:

“Of the signs of the people of innovation is supplicating against the guardians of the affairs (leaders) and of the signs of the people of Sunnah is supplicating for the guardians of the affairs.”

Servants of Allah! This issue which At-Tahawi mentions here is extensively affirmed in the books of the following Imams:

– Sharh Al-Aqidah At-Tahawiyyah of Al-Allama Salih bin Abdil’Aziz Aal Ash-Shaykh, the second volume 670-672.

– Imam Al-Hafiz Abu Bakr Al-Isma’ili, may Allah have mercy upon him, in ‘Itiqaad Ahlus-Sunna (and they believe in [i.e. Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah] praying Jum’ua prayer and other prayers behind every Muslim leader, whether he is pious or disobedient… and they believe in supplicating for his uprightness and to incline towards justice.

– The Imam Shaykh Al-Islam Abu Uthman As-Sabuni, may Allah have mercy upon him, in Aqidat As-Salaf wa Ashab Al-Hadith (the people of hadith believe in praying Juma’ah, the two Eids and other prayers behind every leader, whether he is pious or disobedient, and believe in struggling with them, even if they are disobedient oppressors. They believe in supplicating for them to be rectified, to be upright and guided, and to spread justice amongst the citizens.

– Imam Bin Baaz – rahimahuallah – was asked concerning supplicating for the guardian of the affairs (leader). He said: Anyone who refuse to pray for the leader is an ignorant, and lack insight, because supplicating for the guardian of the affairs is of the greatest means of coming close to Allah, of the most virtuous acts of obedience, and is part of sincere advice for Allah and to His servants. When it was said to the Prophet:

“Daws tribe are disobedient and they are disbelievers. He said: O Allah guide Daws and bring them.”

So Allah guided them (Daws) and they came to him as Muslims. The believer supplicates for good for the people, and the leader should be given first priority by the one who supplicates for him, because his uprightness is uprightness for the Ummah, so supplication for him is of the most important supplications, and of the most important advice: is that he be guided to the truth and be aided upon it, that Allah gives him good close associates, and protect him from his own evil and the evil of bad company. Supplicating for his success and guidance, for the uprightness of the heart and actions, and to have upright close associates is of the most important matters, and of the most virtuous means of getting closer to Allah. It has been reported about Imam Ahmad, may Allah have mercy on him, that he said:

“If I knew that I had a prayer that would be answered, I would make it for the leader.”

That was also narrated on the authority of Al-Fudayl bin Iyad.

– Imam Ar-Rajihi said in Sharh Kitab As-Sunnah of Al-Barbahaari 14:

“If you see a man supplicating against the leader, know that he is a person of desires, and if you see a man supplicating for the uprightness of the leader, know that he is a person of Sunnah if Allah wills…” i.e. If you see a person supplicating against the leader: O Allah overpower him, O Allah destroy him…, know that he is a person of innovation, and if you see a man supplicating for the uprightness and well-being (protection) of the leader, know that he is a person of Sunnah. On the authority of Al-Fudayl bin Iyad that he said: “If I had a supplication, I would not use it except for the leader”, i.e. if I had a supplication that would be answered, I would make it for the leader. He mentioned in the chain (sanad) on the authority of Ahmad bin Kamil, on the authority of Al-Husayn bin Muhammad At-Tabari, he said: Mardawayh As-Sa’igh informed us, he said: I heard Fudayl say: “If I had a supplication that would be answered, I would not make it except for the leader.”. It was said to him: O Abu Ali explain this to us? Abu Ali is the nickname of Al-Fudayl bin Iyad. He said: “If I made it for myself it would not extend beyond me, and if I made it for the leader and he is rectified, then with his uprightness he will rectify the people and the lands. i.e. if I supplicated with it for myself, it would not extend beyond me, and my uprightness would be limited to myself, but if I supplicated it for the leader, uprightness would spread over the people, and the leader will be rectified and so will the people and the lands be rectified, so the benefit will be transitive. We were commanded to supplicate for their uprightness, as At-Tahawi, may Allah have mercy on him, said: “We supplicate for them – i.e. the guardians of the affairs – to be upright and for their well-being (protection), and we were not commanded to supplicate against them, even if they oppress and do injustice. Then the writer explains the reason, which is: because their oppression and injustice is against themselves, as for uprightness, then their uprightness is for themselves and the people, thus: we supplicate for their uprightness, even if they do injustice, because if they oppress and do injustice, their sin does not go beyond them, and nothing of it reaches the people, but if they become upright, their uprightness will be for themselves and the people.”

– Imam Salih ibn Fawzan al-Fawzan said in Explanation of Sharh us-Sunnah of Al-Barbahaaree Vol. 2, Page 193, Point 137):

“This statement has been reported from the Salaf; “If you see a man supplicating against the leader, then know that he is a person of desire (innovation)..” this is a trait of the Khaawarij and Mu’tazilah, since it is they who supplicate against the leaders and the obligation is in the opposite – that supplication is made for them to be upright and successful. This is because if they are upright, then so would people be upright. So if you were to supplicate for them, subsequently you will be supplicating for the people. This is because if the leader is upright similarly would his flock (people under his charge) be upright. This is the methodology of the Salaf – to supplicate for the leader to be upright. His statement, “If you see a man supplicating for the leader to be upright, then know that he is a person of the Sunnah, if Allah wills.” If you see him supplicating for them to be upright then know he is a person of the Sunnah, because this is the guidance of the Salaf in relation to the leaders. And his statement, “Fudayl ibn Iyad said this statement, “If I had an invocation that was to be answered, I would not make it except for the leader.” This is sincerity and acting upon the statement of the Messenger, “The Religion is sincerity. We said ‘To whom?” He said ‘To Allah and His Book, and His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” And a part of having sincerity to the leaders is to supplicate for their uprightness, and supplicating against them is betrayal. And his statement, “We are ordered to make supplication for them (the leaders) to be upright. We have not been ordered to make supplication against them, even if they commit tyranny and oppression..” This is because supplicating against them is supplicating against the Nation. Since if the affair is corrupted and the leader is brought down – blood will be shed, security will be flawed, corruption will spread and boundaries will be immobilized, because there are harmful consequences in his fall. And in this time of ours, the one who supplicates for the leader (to be upright) is accused of compromise (of the religion) by the people of desire from amongst the Hizbiyeen (partisans) and the followers of the Khawaarij/Extremists. Thus the statement of the author is applicable to them as they oppose the Sunnah and they are people of desire, so beware of this.” (Sharhul-Sunnah by Imam Fawzan)

Narrated by Abdullah Ibn Abi Awfa (May Allah be pleased with him):

“I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him saying they (Khawaarij) are the dogs of the hellfire. I said: Al-azariqah (One of the sects of the Khawaarij) alone? or all Khawaarij? He said: rather all the Kharijites. I said: but the Sultan (leader) transgresses and oppresses the people and does to them this and that (and mentioned the evilness). So he then grabbed me by my hand and pinched it a strong pinch and then said, Son of Jamhan stick with (Sawaadul ‘azam).
If the Sultan (leader) hears from you then advice him in his home, in private and then advice him with what you see, if he accepts and if he does not accept then let him be.”
[Sahih Al-Musnad – 542 and Reported by Tabarani, Ahmad and Haythami]

The Prophet, peace be upon him did not exclude any sect of the khawaarij rather he said the whole sects of the Kharijites are the dogs of the hellfire [and one of the Khawaarij sects are: Al-Qa’diyyah: They do not see the lifting of the arms or swords, and do not rebel with violence and physical resistance, rather they only speak badly in public about the leaders and attack them with the tongue, make du’a against them, curse them and spread their mistakes and wrong doings and call the people to rebel and protest against them.

Reported by Ahmad (3/403) and Ibn Abi Aasim (2/521) with a sahih isnad. It is authentically reported from the Messenger in the hadith of Iyad ibn Ghunum who said, “The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:

“Whoever desires to advise the one with authority then he should not do so openly, rather he should take him by the hand and take him into seclusion (and then advise him). And if he accepts (the advice) from him then (he has achieved his objective) and if not, then he has fulfilled that which was a duty upon him.”

And it was reported in the Sunnah by Ibn Abi Aasim with Sahih Isnad, from Anas may Allah be pleased with him, he said:

“The senior Companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him, forbidden​ us and said: Do not revile your leaders, nor cheat them, nor have hatred towards them, fear Allah and be patient; the time will be close.” (Al-Bayhaqi (6/69) number 7523, and Ibn Abi Aasim, 3/34)

Abu Darda’ may Allah be pleased with him he said:

“That the first (sign) to ones hypocrisy is his words against the leaders.” (Narrated by Ibn Abd al-Barr in Tamhid. and Bayhaqi in Shu’ab Al-Iman)

Abu Musabbah Juhani may Allah be pleased with him reported with Sahih isnad, he said:

“I sat down with a group of the Messenger of Allah Companions and from them was Shaddad Ibn Aws, they said: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said that the man does such and such from the good, while he is a hypocrite. They said, and how can he be a hypocrite while he is a believer? He said: He curses the leaders and speaks badly against them.” (Ibn Bishran in Amali)

Narrated by Qudamah may Allah be pleased with him, he said:

“I said to Mansur bin Al-Mu’tamir: When I am fasting can I speak against and disparage the Sultan (leader) ? He said: No, I said: Can I speak against and disparage the people of desires (innovation)? He said: Yes.” (Ibn Abi Dunya in the book of silence and ethics of the tongue, and Ibn Al’arabi in the mu’jam, and Abu Nu’aim in Hilyah)

Narrated by Adi ibn Hatim may Allah be pleased with him with sahih Isnad he said:

“O Messenger of Allah! We Do not ask you about obedience of the leader who is obedient and fears Allah, but the leader that does so and so and he recalled the evil? The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him said: Fear Allah, and Listen and Obey – to the leaders.” (Narrated by Ibn Abi Aasim in the Sunnah and authenticated by Albani in Shades of Paradise, 2/494)

My Respected people! I called on all of you to fear Allah and support, respect and pray for your leaders. Wallahi It actually baffles, surprises, and confuses me to see or hear a Muslim or a respected non-Muslim, attacking, abusing, cursing, defaming, stoning, disrespecting, disobeying and shouting at his leader. Most of the times, I also used to ask myself that, do those kind of Muslims or people really understand the teachings of their religion? Do these kind of people and Muslims really receive good Islamic upbringing and training from their parents? Because all we knew was that, Islam ordered its followers to respect their leaders and pray for them, be they political leaders, “traditional” leaders, community leaders or religious leaders. Therefore, with this, I urge all of us to fear Allah and follow the teachings of our religions in order for us to succeed here and the hereafter.

O Allah’s slaves! O Nigerians! Fear Allah and feel His Watch as if He is right in front of your eyes. Invoke Allah to grant righteousness to us all, and our leaders, and to make our Leaders among those who fear Him, seek refuge with Him, follow His Commandments and seek His Pleasure.

“O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger (SAW), he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hell-fire and will be admitted to Paradise.” (Al-Ahzaab, 33:70-71)

O Allah! Who created and brought the heavens and earth into existence, Who does not pass away or depart. He, Who knows all about our conditions and is fully aware of all our movements and period of rest, helps our president, Muhammadu Buhari to stop this Boko Haram People, rectify the economy, and all the Nigeria’s problems. Yaa Rahman Yaa Raheem!

O Allah! Who creates, sustains and controls the affairs within the universe. He Who protects and preserves us and controls our affairs, the Sole Creator, Sustainer and Brilliant Planner. We call on You to forgive us, have sympathy for us and give our president Muhammadu Buhari, good health, strength, power, energy, wisdom, knowledge and grace to stop and defeat the extremists (Boko Haram), a group which destroys, and does not build, corrupts much, and does not rectify, and all the related terror activities from this our beloved and great country, Nigeria. Yaa Rabb!

O Allah! Use him ( Muhammadu Buhari), his vice (and now acting President) Osinbajo, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Speaker House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, our state Governors, our ministers and commissioners our local Government Chairmen, our Sultan, our Shehus, Obas, Ohinoyis and Emirs and all our other leaders to transform and salvage Nigeria, so that they lead us to all that is good for us and our country. Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyum!

Our Lord! Let not their hearts deviate after You have guided them, grant them and us mercy from You, truly, You are the Bestower of Mercy.

O Allah! We are powerless, speechless and helpless, we pray through You to protect us and our leaders from falling into mistakes and guide them O Allah, to all that which is good for all of us. Guide them, so that they will work for the unity, peace, progress and stability of Nigeria. Guide them also to provide quality and responsible leadership, and to bring Nigeria’s vast resources together to tackle a series of deep-seated, interconnected challenges and put the country on a road to better governance, increased security, and greater prosperity. Yaa Ar-hamar Raahimeen Yaa Rabbal Aalameen!

O Allah! Give them the zeal to overcome daunting and threatening challenges, instill in them Your fear, so that they will lead justly towards the development of our people and country.

O Allah! Protect us all and our country, bless this country, forgive and have mercy, and destroy whoever that has a bad intention against our leaders, against us and our great country, Nigeria. Just as you protected us before, we seek for more of such protection, Yaa Zal Jalaali wal Ikraam!

Oh Allah make our country, Nigeria safe and the other Muslim countries in general, Oh Lord of the universe (jinn and mankind). Oh Allah protect our safety, our Imaan and our peace in our native lands and rectify those placed in authority over our affairs (our leaders) and don’t hold us to account for that which the foolish amongst us have done, and protect us from trials the apparent and hidden of it. Oh Allah show us the truth for the truth and help us to follow it, and show us the falsehood for falsehood and help us to stay away from it, and make Imaan the most beloved to us and beautify it in our hearts, and make disbelief, lewdness and rebellion most hated to us and make us from those who are guided.

Oh Allah rectify our leaders, Oh Allah guide them to that which is good for themselves and to that which is good for us. Oh Allah make them a means for our safety, and make them a means for our word (unity) to be one, and make them a cause for our coming together, Yaa Al-Hayyu (Oh The Ever Living, The One who cannot die), Yaa Al-Qayyum (The Self Sustainer), Yaa Saami’ (The Hearer) of the supplication. Oh Allah safeguard our country. Oh Allah bring ease to the Nigerians from that which they face from sufferings. Oh Allah give us immediate ease. Oh Allah give us victory with a happy outcome. Oh Allah make ease for the Nigerians from every difficulty and from every suffering, Oh Hearer of the supplication, Oh Reliever from every distress, Oh answerer of the supplication, Oh Helper of the grieving, Oh ever living, Self Sustaining, Oh Hearer of the supplication, Oh Owner of Loftiness and Nobility! Ameen.

Our Lord! Accept (this prayer) from us. Indeed you are the Hearing, the knowing… Ameen.

With this I conclude my Sermon (Khutbah) and ask Allah (SWT) the Almighty, to forgive all of our sins. So seek His forgiveness, for He is the All-Forgiving, the All-Merciful.

Indeed all praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of all creation – and May peace and blessings of Allah be upon the beloved Prophet, his family, his Companions and those who follow him precisely until the Day of Judgment.

This Khutbah (Friday Sermon) was prepared for delivery today Friday, Jumadal Ula 12, 1438 A.H (February 10, 2017), by Imam Murtadha Muhammad Gusau, the Chief Imam of Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’at and Alhaji Abdurrahman Okene’s Mosques Okene, Kogi State Nigeria. He can be reached for an advice or correction through: +2348038289761.