‘Amr on Fitnah: Tyranny a better situation than lengthy tribulation

Ibn ‘Asakir reported: ‘Amr ibn al-‘As, may Allah be pleased with him, said to his son, “My son, memorize what I instruct you: a just leader is better than abundant rain, a predatory lion is better than an oppressive leader, and an oppressive and tyrannical leader is better than an everlasting tribulation.”

Source: Tārīkh Dimashq 46/184

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “It is said that sixty years of a tyrannical leader is more proper than a single night without an authority, and experience has proven this true.”

Source: Majmū’ al-Fatāwá 28/391

عن ابن عساكر قَالَ عَمْرُو بْنُ الْعَاصِ رضي الله عنه لِابْنِهِ يَا بُنَيّ احْفَظْ عَنِّي مَا أُوصِيكَ بِهِ إمَامٌ عَدْلٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ مَطَرٍ وَبْلٍ وَأَسَدٌ حَطُومٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ إمَامٍ ظَلُومٍ وَإِمَامٌ ظَلُومٌ غَشُومٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ فِتْنَةٍ تَدُومُ

46/184 تاريخ دمشق لابن عساكر

قال ابن تيمية وَيُقَالُ سِتُّونَ سَنَةً مِنْ إمَامٍ جَائِرٍ أَصْلَحُ مِنْ لَيْلَةٍ وَاحِدَةٍ بِلَا سُلْطَانٍ وَالتَّجْرِبَةُ تُبَيِّنُ ذَلِكَ

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