How Abdul Malik b. Marwan was Rebuked
He said: Abu Ja'far Muhammad b. Ali b. al-Husain b. Babawayh, may Allah bless him with mercy, reported to me from Muhammad b. Musa b. al-Mutawakkil, who reported from Ali b. al-Husain al-Sa'dabadi, from Ahmad b. Abu Abdillah al-Barqi, from his father, from Muhammad b. Abu Umair, from more than one of his companions, from Abu Hamza al-Thumali, who reported from one who was present when Abdul Malik b. Marwan rose to address the people in Makkah. When he began the part of admonition during his sermon, a man stood up and said:
"Wait, wait! You are from those who preach, but do not follow, you forbid but do not refrain from what you forbid. You admonish but take no lesson from your admonition. Can your example be emulated? Can your orders be obeyed? If you ask us to follow your example, how can we follow the example of the oppressors? And what is the justification for following the culprits who have usurped the wealth of Allah for their state, and have turned the slaves of Allah as their own slaves? And if you say: 'Obey our orders and accept our advice', how can one advise others when one deceives oneself, and how can obedience to the unjust be obligatory?'
And if you say: 'Take the (words of) wisdom wherever you find them, and accept the admonitions from whoever you hear them', then perhaps there are among us more eloquent in the types of admonitions, and more acquainted with the uses of language than you are. So, remove yourselves from it, open up its locks and leave the way open, so that those whom you have scattered in the country, and transferred them from their abode to several places, may take the charge. By Allah, we did not give you the reins of our affairs, and did not give you authority over ourselves, our wealth and our faith so that you may act in the manner of despots; except that we force ourselves to endure till the time comes, and the end is achieved, and the suffering is over. For every one of you there is a day he cannot escape and a book of record he must read; a record that does not leave anything small or big without counting it. 'And those who do wrong shall soon come to know what punishment awaits them.' (26:227)."
He said: Then some armed men arrested him. That was the last time we saw him, and we do not know what was meted out to him!
Al-Amali: The Dictations of Sheikh al-Mufid