Fudayl on Sultan: Ignorant rulers ascend when believers disobey Allah

Ibrahim ibn al-Ash’ath reported: Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Allah Almighty revealed to some of His Prophets: When those who know Me disobey Me, I will make them be ruled by those who do not know Me.”

Source: al-‘Uqūbāt li-Ibn Abī Dunyā 33

عَنِ إِبْرَاهِيم بْن الْأَشْعَثِ عَنِ الْفُضَيْلِ بْنِ عِيَاضٍ رحمه الله قَالَ أَوْحَى اللَّهُ تَعَالَى إِلَى بَعْضِ أَنْبِيَائِهِ  إِذَا عَصَانِي مَنْ يَعْرِفُنِي سَلَّطْتُ عَلَيْهِ مَنْ لَا يَعْرِفُنِي

33 العقوبات لابن أبي الدنيا