Hadith on Leadership: Importance of Just and Pious Leadership in Islam

📖Sahih Muslim 1841
It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Prophet of Allah (ﷺ) said: A commander (of the Muslims) is a shield for them. They fight behind him and they are protected by (him from tyrants and aggressors). If he enjoins fear of God, the Exalted and Glorious, and dispenses justice, there will be a (great) reward for him; and if he enjoins otherwise, it redounds on him.

  • This hadith highlights the importance of having a just and pious leader in the Muslim community, especially in times of war and conflict. The commander or leader plays a crucial role in protecting and leading their followers. In today’s context, this hadith can be applied to Muslim armies or any police commander who is responsible for maintaining law and order. A just and pious leader in these roles is necessary to ensure the safety and security of the people they are responsible for, and to prevent tyranny and aggression. Furthermore, this hadith emphasizes the importance of a leader who promotes fear of God and dispenses justice. This means that the leader should not only uphold the laws and regulations of their community or nation but also act in a manner that is ethical and moral.

Overall, the hadith emphasizes the importance of having a just and pious leader who leads with integrity, and who is committed to protecting and serving their people, whether it be in a military or civilian context.