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Punishment for condoning evil and associating with sinners

Question

Is this correct?

It was once revealed to Nabi Yusha’ ibn Nun (‘alayhis salam) that a punishment would befall his people and destroy one hundred thousand of them. Sixty thousand of them were sinners, whereas the other forty thousand were outwardly pious people! [In astonishment] Nabi Yusha’ asked, “O Allah! What crime did the pious people commit?” Allah Ta’ala replied, “They associated and interacted with the evil people, ate and drank with them and did not express any anger for the wrongs taking place around them.”

 

Answer

Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abid Dunya (rahimahullah) has recorded this as the statement of Ibrahim ibn ‘Amr As San’ani.

(Al ‘Uqubat, Hadith: 13, Al Amr Bil Ma’ruf Wan Nahy ‘Anil Munkar, Hadith: 71)

 

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as the statement of Wadin ibn ‘Ata, a Tab’ut Tabi’i.

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 8982)

 

This narration is suitable to quote as reported.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar