Avoiding the Doors of the Rulers 

Avoiding the Doors of the Rulers 
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم 
The scholars of the salaf were very cautious from going to the rulers for fear of fitnah, and they have spoken much about this issue.
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه reported that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “Whoever lives in the dessert becomes rough; whoso follows the game becomes careless; and whoso comes to the doors of the rulers falls into fitnah (trouble); and a slave does not come nearer to the ruler, except that he becomes further from Allah.” (Musnad Ahmad, Shiekh Ahmad Shakir said its chain of narration is Saheeh)
Ibn Abbas (radhi Allahu anhu) reported that the prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa salam) said: “Whoever lives in the desert, becomes rough; whoso follows the game, becomes careless; and whoso comes to the ruler falls into fitnah.”

(Nisaee, Tirmidhi, and Abu Dawood – See Saheeh al-Jam’i: 6296)
Abi al-‘Awar as-Silmi (radhi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhe wa salam) said: “Beware of the doors of the ruler for they have indeed become a source of trouble and humiliation.” (Saheeh ad-Dailamee, Ibn Mundah, Ibn-‘Asaaki – See as-Saheehah: 1253)
In explaining the saying of (sallallahu alayhe wa salam): “…and whosoever comes to the doors of the rulers falls into fitnah”, The writer of Tuhfat ul-Ahwadhi said, with reference to the Qaadhi (judge): “…i.e. to come to him without any necessity or need, he falls into fitnah. So if he complies with what he wants, and he leaves him (i.e. the ruler leaves the judge), then he has placed his deen in danger. And if he disagree with him, then he has put his dunya (life of this world) in danger.”

(Tuhfat ul-Ahwadhee: 6/533)

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