The punishments for not forbidding evil

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Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Command righteousness and prohibit evil otherwise Allah will appoint a tyrant ruler over you who will inflict a painful punishment. Your pious men will supplicate [to Allah for aid], but they will not be answered. Command righteousness and prohibit evil otherwise Allah will appoint such a ruler who will not respect your seniors nor show mercy to your little ones.

Is this Hadith authentic, and what is the source?



Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abid Dunya (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).

(Al Amr Bil Ma’ruf, Hadith: 8)


The narration is suitable to quote as it is supported by several corroborating narrations.

(See: Al Amr Bil Ma’ruf, Hadith: 12, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 7 pg. 266 and Al Matalibul ‘Aaliyah, Hadith: 3294)

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And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from 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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