A Hadeeth about the Danger of Seeking Authority
Imaam Al-Bukhaari (rahimahullaah) said, ‘’Chapter: If somebody does not seek authority of ruling, then Allaah will surely help him (if he is given such authority).”
Narrated Abdur-Rahmaan Bin Samura: The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, ‘’O Abdur-Rahmaan! Do not seek to be a ruler, for if you are given authority on your demand, then you will be held responsible for it, but if you are given it without asking (for it), then you will be helped (by Allaah) in it. If you ever take an oath to do something and later on you find that something else is better, then you should expiate your oath and do what is better.’’ [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Number 7146]
A Beneficial Reminder From Fat-hul Baari
The one who seeks after authority and receives it, he will not be help because of his eagerness for it (i.e. his eagerness to be given authority). It is well known that being in authority carries difficulties, so the one who does not receive help from Allaah will get entangled in it and loses both his Dunyah and Aakhirah. Therefore, the person with common sense does not ask for it (i.e. authority); but if he is suitable and it is given to him without him asking for it, then indeed the truthful and trustworthy one [i.e. The Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wsallam)] has promised him that Allaah will help him.
[Abridged and paraphrased, for further details see, chapter: (باب من لم يسأل الإمارة أعانه الله عليها in ‘kitaab al Ahkaam’ Saheeh Al-Bukhaari with Fat-hul Baari]