When we don’t be good fathers to our children, when we don’t be good husbands to our wives, when we don’t be good teachers to our students, when we don’t be good neighbors to each other, HOW DO WE EXPECT OUR MUSLIM RULERS TO BE SO?! How do we expect them stop killing people disregarding human lives?! How do we expect them to be like other ordinary people without taking high salaries and all perks that comes out of the post?!
Good upbringing nurtures the leaders of tomorrow and we wont be able to nurture them until we adopt PIETY first and foremost. Take for example the life of the caliph Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz, look deeply of the way he was brought up; his father, sending him to al-Madinah to be taught under the best Muslim scholars. His grandmother Umm Asem, Laila bint Asem bin Umar bin Khattab, who is known of the fascinating incident of the milk and water, which then made an impression to the offspring, namely Umar bin Abdul Aziz.
Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz, when he was the caliph, he surrounded himself with Muslim scholars and said: “A Ruler usually appoints people to watch over their subjects. I appoint you a watcher over me and my behavior. If you find me at fault in word or action guide me and stop me from doing it.”
When he was the caliph, he reduced the allowances of the Umayyad family members, he reduced the taxes for the Muslims. He sacked oppressive governors and replaced them. He put ALL money he had in the Treasury of Muslims (Baitul-mal). His house was just like any other citizen Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz was a just and a humble person. He was a person of mercy and forgiveness, his history is full of stories that we can learn from and apply in our daily lives.
Lets ponder over this great person and learn his qualities to be good fathers, mothers teachers and neighbors to prepare good leaders for tomorrow, so we can live in a better world.
Ibn ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
I heard Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “All of you are guardians and are responsible for your wards. The ruler is a guardian and responsible for his subjects; the man is a guardian and responsible for his family; the woman is a guardian and is responsible for her husbands house and his offspring; and so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your wards.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].