I can't fault either of these (via the welcome return of the Skeptic):
Now that I’m free again, I have time to read. Books and stuff. A few interesting scraps for today:
افضل الجهاد كلمة حق عند سلطان جائر
“The best form of jihad is a word of truth to a tyrannical ruler.” (Hadith no. 4011 from the Sunan Ibn Majah)
And Abu Bakr’s great inaugural address:
“Oh people, I have been entrusted with authority over you, but I am not the best of you. Help me if I am right and correct me if I am wrong.” (recounted by Abd al-Malik Ibn Hashim in his Sirah al-Nabawiyya)
I too want my rulers to be that modest.