Shaykh Bin Baz said, “It is not from the manhaj of the Salaf to publicise the faults of the [Muslim] rulers and to mention [their shortcomings or sins] from the pulpit because that leads to confusion, disorder and the absence of hearing and obeying the ruler in what is good [in that society].
Also it results in [the people] becoming engrossed [with these matters and then arguing and debating about them] which causes harm and produces no benefit.
The path of the Salaf [with their rulers], was to give advice with respect to the matters which are between themselves and the leader, writing to him or by reaching him through the scholars who keep in touch with him [to advise him] until the ruler is directed towards the good. Repelling the evil that occurs without mentioning the doer of the evil.
So fornication, drinking of intoxicants and the taking of usury are curbed without mentioning the one who does such things. Warding off the evil and warning and the people against it is sufficient without it being mentioned that such and such a person does it, whether he is a ruler or other than the ruler.
Plus when the fitnah occurred in the time of Uthmaan, some of the people said to Usaamah Ibn Zaid, “Will you not speak to Uthmaan?”
So he replied, “You think that I will not talk to him without letting you know about it [also]. Indeed, I will certainly talk to him regarding that which concerns me and him without initiating a matter which I do not love to be the first to initiate [the act of talking about the rulers shortcomings and sins publicly].”
In addition when they [the Khawaarij] opened up the evil in the time of Uthmaan and rejected Uthmaan openly, the fitnah, the killing and the mischief, which has not ceased to affect the people to this day, was brought about And this caused the fitnah to occur between Alee and Mu’aawiyyah and Uthmaan was killed for these reasons.
Furthermore a large number of Companions and other besides them were killed due to this open rebellion and the open proclamation of the faults [of the ruler], until the people began to hate the one charged with authority over them and killed him.
We ask Allah for success.”
Posted by Abdul Kareem Ibn