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Obeying the ruler despite him not fulfilling your rights

What is the authenticity of the following narration and can you provide the Arabic text?

Junadah ibn Abi Umayyah said, “We entered upon ‘Ubadah ibn Samit (radiyallahu ‘anhu) while he was sick. We said, ‘May Allah make you healthy. Will you tell us a Hadith you heard from Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and by which Allah may make you benefit?’ He said, ‘Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) summoned us and we gave allegiance to him.’ He added, ‘Part of that which he stipulated for us is that we gave allegiance to listen and obey when we were busy and in matters which we disliked and in both difficulty and ease, even if our rights were not given to us, and not to contend with people for power unless we saw open disbelief which we would have as evidence with Allah.’”


Imams Bukhari and Muslim (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith. The Hadith is therefore authentic.

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 7055-7056, Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1709)

Arabic text:

عن جنادة بن أبي أمية قال: دخلنا على عبادة بن الصامت وهو مريض، قلنا: أصلحك الله حدث بحديث ينفعك الله به سمعته من النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: دعانا النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فبايعناه
فقال فيما أخذ علينا: أن بايعنا على السمع والطاعة في منشطنا ومكرهنا وعسرنا ويسرنا وأثرة علينا وأن لا ننازع الأمر أهله إلا أن تروا كفرا بواحا عندكم من الله فيه برهان

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

This refers to obeying the Ruler of a proper Islamic state.

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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