In community life, each of us certainly needs leaders, namely people who are able to accommodate our rights and obligations properly. Leaders who not only hear input from the people, but also carry out their duties responsibly. Being a leader is not the same as being an official, who often lives in respect. The leader is the servant of the people, who is always there both when happy and dying.
In Kasf al-Khafa ',' Ismail bin Muhammad al-'Ajluni includes a prophetic hadith about the main criteria of a leader narrated from Imam al-Hakim and Imam al-Baihaqi from Ibn Umar. “Al-Sulthan dhill Allah fi al-ardh, yawi ilaihi kull al-madhlum,” said the prophet. The ruler is the umbrella of God on earth, a place of refuge for the oppressed. “(HR)
Umbrellas in this hadith can be of various kinds, but as a general use, umbrellas function to protect; both from the hot sun, and from the heavy rain that soaks. In other words, the main task of a leader is to provide protection, not to accumulate wealth or to extend power.
To carry out the responsibility of protection, leaders must put the people's benefit as the center in every decision making. Because only in this way can the leader become dhill Allah fi al-ardh. By prioritizing the protection of the rights and obligations of the community, a leader will be more careful and considerate in formulating and implementing policies.
In the history of Islam that has spread so long, there are many names of leaders who deserve to be known as God's umbrella on earth, one of the most famous is Sayyidina Ali bin Abi Talib. The Caliph whose name remains remembered today is known to have a very high concern, not only to his people, but to all living creatures created by Allah in his territory of authority.
In one story it is said that the Caliph was so afraid of various responsibilities as leader who will be asked by God in the hereafter. His position as leader does not make him forget the land, because he knows there will be a day of accountability; if not now, then later before God.
So Ali's fear of God, that he once said, “if there were a donkey slipping on one of the streets in Baghdad, I would have feared that God would answer: 'Why not do you fix that road? “
It could be that the donkey who slips in the story above is a picture of how a good leader must be someone who is serious about taking care of mutual benefit, so he will always ensure that there are no public facilities that are not properly served. This is not only a matter of road that will not make the donkey slip, but also about other facilities that will not make the people suffer.
In a time of openness like today, we need leaders who are not only assertive, but also must intelligent. Namely the criteria of a leader who not only looks fierce in the media but behind is engrossed in intercourse with the mafia. We all need leaders who want to serve, not be served. The leader who is ready to umbrella, just like the words of the prophet.
*) Khoirul Anam researcher at the Center for Islamic Boarding Studies
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