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.


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