Enormities: Leaving One’s Leader

This is another article in the chapter Enormities from the classical manual on Sharia called Reliance of the Traveller. The articles are posted one by one in the order they are given in the book.

p40.0 LEAVING ONE’S LEADER
p40.1 Allah Most High says,
“Fulfill covenants, for surely convenants will be asked about” (Koran 17:34).
p40.2 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
“He who obeys me obeys Allah, and he who disobeys me disobeys Allah. He who obeys the leader obeys me, and he who disobeys the leader disobeys me. ,.
(A: The leader referred to in the hadith is the caliph of the Muslims or his authorized representative (dis: 025.5). Whenever there is a group of three or more Muslims, it is sunna for a leader (amir) to be chosen. It is sunna to obey such a leader, and leaving him or not obeying him contravenes what is recommended, but is not unlawful)

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