We once again congratulate those who Allah has elevated to positions of authority and honour in the land. We pray that God Almighty will support them and shower His mercy on the nation through the sacrifices they make towards bringing about the much-needed changes and progress.
The Quran guides that good governance is achievable, and places responsibility at both individual and collective levels.
Based on Q4:58, Q4:135 & Q5:8/Amanah (Trust/Justice)
“Allah commands you to deliver trusts to those worthy of them; and when you judge between people, to judge with justice. Excellent is the admonition Allah gives you. Allah is All-Hearing, All-Seeing.”
“O you who believe, be upholders of justice – witnesses for Allah, even though against (the interest of) your selves or the parents, and the kinsmen. One may be rich or poor, Allah is better caretaker of both. So do not follow desires, lest you should swerve.”
“O believers, be you securers of justice, witnesses for God. Let not detestation for a people move you not to be equitable; be equitable – that is nearer to the God-fearing.”
Q3:26/Allah Gives and Takes Power
“Say: ‘O Allah, Lord of all dominion! You give dominion to whom You will, and take away dominion from whom You will, and You exalt whom You will, and abase whom You will. In Your Hand is all good.”
“O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female, and have made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Indeed the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted”
Q3:159 & Q42:38/Shura (Consultation & Deliberation)
“It was thanks to Allah’s mercy that you were gentle to them. Had you been rough, hard-hearted, they would surely have scattered away from you. So pardon them, and pray for their forgiveness, and take counsel from them in matters of importance.”
“who obey their Lord and establish Prayer; who conduct their affairs by consultation, and spend out of what We have bestowed upon them; “
Islamic sources spell out the qualities, duties and responsibilities of a good leader. Politicians and leaders all have a duty to be God-fearing and take to heart the words of the oath of their offices, and the actions expected of them to secure and develop the country. One day, each one of them will stand before God and account for every word and action, and this is irrespective of whether they believe so or not. The great lessons here are to help them navigate their ways through the challenges of their time in office.
Due to the situation of the people of Nigeria, the hopes of Nigerians are high. As we pray to Allah to guide the incoming government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, and Vice-President Kashim Shettima, GCON, to the best thoughts and actions, to lead with discipline, integrity, courage and wisdom, we pray for a nation that will restore the hopes and aspirations of the downtrodden. Let the work begin.