Refusing to Take Part in Tyranny

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Refusing to Take Part in Tyranny

If Yazīd were to ask me to count the doors of the mosques, I would not agree to do it for him, not to speak of my sealing the death-warrant of a Muslim signed by him.

—The great Imām Abū Ḥanīfah [d. 150AH/767CE] refusing the post of judge offered by the governor of Irāq Yazīd b. ‘Umar b. Hubayrah. For his refusal, he was imprisoned and whipped for a period of time.

[Mohammad Akram Nadwi, Abu Hanifah: His Life, Legal Methodology and Legacy. Interface Publications Ltd. UK. 2010.]

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