Monday, 28 November 2016
Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.) on Mu’awiyah's (r.a.) Four Major Flaws
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
It was narrated that Shaykh Hasan al-Baswri (q.s.) said, “Mu’awiyah had four major flaws, each of which constituted a very serious offense: his illegitimate seizure of the imamate and granting himself absolute authority without consultation from the Muslim community; his declaring Ziyad to be his brother; his murdering Hujr ibn ‘Adi and his companions; and his appointment of an individual such as Yazid as the caliph of the Muslims.” Ziyad ibn Abihi was a tyrant and murderer. Hujr ibn ‘Adi (r.a.), was a swahabah of the Prophet (s.a.w.).
It is also said that Mu’awiyah (r.a.) himself declared, “If not for my affection for Yazid, I would have exercised more discretion.” This was with regard to selecting a successor.