A narration stating the punishment for not enjoining good and forbidding evil

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Is the following narration authentic?

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما ترك قوم الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن المنكر إلا لم ترفع أعمالهم، ولم يسمع دعاؤهم



Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abid Dunya (rahimahullah) and others have recorded this narration.

(Al Amr Bil Ma’ruf, Hadith: 64, Al ‘Uqubat, Hadith: 35, as part of a longer Hadith)


The chain is extremely weak. Some Muhaddithun have also declared the problematic narrator a liar. However, a similar subject matter is found in other reliable narrations, which are linked below.

(Refer: Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 2 pg. 531, number: 4778 and Taqribut Tahdhib: 4055)



Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “When people abandon enjoining good and forbidding evil, their actions will not be raised up [i.e. will not be accepted] and their supplications will not be answered.”


See other suitable Hadiths on this topic here and here.


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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