Be ashamed of Allah when committing sins, just as you are embarrassed to sin in front of a pious person

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Is this Hadith authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “I command you to be ashamed of Allah the Almighty as you are ashamed from the pious man among your people”



The full narration is as follows:

Sa’id ibn Yazid Al Azdi (radiyallahu ‘anhu) once asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) for advice. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “I advise you be ashamed of Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla [i.e. when committing a sin] just as you are embarrassed/ashamed of a pious person from your [locality].”

(Al Mu’jamul Kabir of Imam Tabarani, Hadith: 5539)


‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) states, ‘Tabarani has recorded this Hadith. The narrators have been declared credible, despite there being some weakness in some of them (رواه الطبراني ورجاله وثقوا على ضعف في بعضهم)

(Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 10 pg. 284)


The narration in question is corroborated and suitable to quote.

(Refer: Az Zuhd of Imam Ahmad, Hadith: 248 and Al Ahadithul Mukhtarah, Hadith: 1099)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad 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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