Sufyaan Ath-Thawrees Approach To The Policemen Of His Time


At the time of Sufyan Ath-Thawree the policemen were the tools that the rulers used in order to implement their unjust policies. It is therefore not surprising that Sufya disliked them so much (as they were upholding laws other than the laws of Allaah and were unjust in their approach).

Story 1) Al-Ashja’ee related that while he was talking about policemen and others of their ilk, Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said, “If one of these people ask you for directions (to go somewhere), then do not tell them the way.

Story 2) A-Muhabbar Ibn Qahdham reported that he was with Sufyaan Ath-Thawree when the two of them passed by a policeman who was sleeping. It was almost time for prayer so Al-Muhabbar made a move to gently nudge the police officer in order to wake him up for prayer. Sufyaan exclaimed, “Be silent (and do not touch him to wake him up)!” Al-Muhabbar said, “O Aboo ‘Abdillaah I want to wake him up so that he can pray.” Sufyaan said, “Leave him alone… The people were not able to rest and be at peace until the man fell asleep.

Story 3) Ibn Naafai’ Al-Kinaanee said, “One night, we were with Sufyaan Ath-Thawree when he saw a fire in the distance. He asked, “What is this?” I said, “It is the fire of the policeman.” Sufyaan said, “Lead us along another path, for it is better that we should not benefit from the light of such people.” ”

[The Biography Of Sufyaan Ath-Thawree, p. 124]

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