Do You Pray for Your Leaders or Just Cause Trouble?

In today’s day and age, we see many movements of people fighting for civil rights. Blacks, Arabs, immigrants, gays, etc. are among these movements. And some of these are fighting for equal rights for legitimate reasons and doing so in legitimate ways. However, we must understand that too many people in these of these movements have forgotten what the endgame was supposed to be with these movements. Many of them also do not go about change in the correct manner. And these both need to change.

While it’s certainly true that many movements for equal rights had a legitimate need for fair treatment and went about seeking change somewhat properly, history attests to the fact that these movements were often infiltrated by informants with an agenda of dividing these movements. The American civil rights movement that began in the 1950s was no exception as the FBI sought to infiltrate civil rights groups and organizations with paid informants.

Nowadays, such movements are not only divided. They are forgetting what individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X hoped to accomplish. Remember that when Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam and embraced orthodox Islam, he was adamant that if Americans were to learn about the Oneness of Almighty God, then they could put an end to racial prejudice. And Martin Luther King, Jr. insisted that nonviolence was key and that praying for the guidance of those who hated minorities was essential to the success of the civil rights movement. While both had flaws in their approaches, they certainly went about change better than many activists today.

Today we have activists publicly dissing and calling President Donald Trump a terrible and incompetent leader because they hate his policies. Even if he is incompetent, how many of us will instead pray for Donald Trump to be guided to the correct path? Not many of us probably. But we see plenty of activists blocking the streets and deliberately disrupting government meetings just for the purpose of causing a ruckus in these places or to prove a point. And many of these activists point to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X as their role models.

The fact of the matter is that our leaders are in many ways a reflection of us as people. When the people disobey Almighty God, they are given corrupt and incompetent leaders in return. Whereas, when the people strive to obey Almighty God in every aspect of life, they are given competent and pious leaders in return. This is why most of the scholars of Islam advise us to pray to Almighty God that our rulers will be guided to follow the correct path, and this is also why the scholars tell us not to cause disturbances or to rebel against corrupt rulers. The end result is only more hardship.

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