Glorify Allāh by Respecting the Rulers and the Scholars!
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
Shaykh Sulaymān al-Ruḥaylī (حفظه الله) said: "Mankind will continue to be upon goodness as long as they revere the rulers and the scholars. The Prophet (ﷺ) said: 'Glorifying Allāh involves respecting the aged Muslim, the just ruler, and the one who never forgets the Qurʾān after memorising it and is moderate when pronouncing its letters.' [Reported by Abū Dāwūd, and Shaykh al-Albānī authenticated it.] Therefore, respecting the rulers is legislated as there are numerous Aḥādīth to support this. Consequently, revering them is from the foundations of Ahl-Sunnah wa-al-Jamā‘ah."
Source: Uṣūl Ahl-Sunnah Hidāyah Wā Amān, pg. 61-62.
Translated by: Musa Shaleem Mohammed
Tags: Takfīr, Scholars, rulers