Masalah of following the Amir strictly

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Abu Abdullah al-Hanbali

Allah Almighty says, "O you who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those in command among you." (4:59) Sayyiduna Anas said, "Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said, "Hear and obey, even if an Abyssinian slave with a head like a raisin is appointed over you." [alBukhari] Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah reported that Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) Said: "You must hear and obey both in your hardship and your ease and with regard to what pleases you and what you dislike and even if you do not get your due." [Muslim] Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra said, " Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) Said: 'Whoever obeys me has obeyed Allah and whoever disobeys me has disobeyed Allah. Whoever obeys the amir has obeyed me and whoever disobeys the amir has disobeyed me.'" [Agreed upon] Sayyiduna Ibn 'Abbas reported that Sayyiduna Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: "Anyone who dislikes something from his amir should be patient. Anyone who abandons obedience to the amir for even a short time dies the death of the Jahiliyya." [Agreed upon] for references, Check Riyadus Saliheen of Imam an-Nawawi (rahimahullah), ch.80.

Imam Abdur-Rahman Ibn Nasir as-Sadi (rahimahullaah) said: ‘‘As for advice to the Imams of the Muslims - and they are their leaders; from the main leader to the ministers and judges, to everyone who is appointed over them with a general or specific type of leadership - then it is to believe (I’tiqad) in their leadership, and to listen to and obey them. And it entails invoking the people to do likewise and to strive according to that which is feasible to guide them. And it is to inform them of everything that benefits them and benefits the people, and to the establishment of their obligation.’’

(Bahjatul-Quloobil-Abrar, 19). These are the reasons why the people in Jamaah al-Tabligh follow their Amirs Strictly. Allah Knows Best.

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