Hadith on Leadership: Authority is public trust, not be sought

Abu Dharr reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, will you not appoint me as a leader?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, struck my chest with his hand, then he said, “O Abu Dharr, you are weak and it is a position of public trust. Verily, on the Day of Resurrection it will only result in regret, except for one who takes it by right and fulfills its duties.

In another narration, the Prophet said, “I love for you what I love for myself. Do not command even two people, and do not manage the property of an orphan.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1825

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

عَنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَلَا تَسْتَعْمِلُنِي فَضَرَبَ بِيَدِهِ عَلَى مَنْكِبِي ثُمَّ قَالَ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيه وَسَلَّم يَا أَبَا ذَرٍّ إِنَّكَ ضَعِيفٌ وَإِنَّهَا أَمَانَةُ وَإِنَّهَا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ خِزْيٌ وَنَدَامَةٌ إِلَّا مَنْ أَخَذَهَا بِحَقِّهَا وَأَدَّى الَّذِي عَلَيْهِ فِيهَا

وفي رواية أخرى قال إِنِّي أُحِبُّ لَكَ مَا أُحِبُّ لِنَفْسِي لَا تَأَمَّرَنَّ عَلَى اثْنَيْنِ وَلَا تَوَلَّيَنَّ مَالَ يَتِيمٍ

1825 صحيح مسلم كتاب الإمارة باب كراهة الإمارة بغير ضرورة