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The three types of judges

Question

What is the reference for the following Hadith?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “There are three types of Judges. One judge shall go to Jannah and two to Jahannam. The judge who knows what is right and judges accordingly shall be in Jannah. The one who knows what is right but intentionally judges unjustly will go to Jahannam and so will the judge who rules without knowledge.”

 

Answer

Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has recorded the words cited above. Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded the narration with variation in the wording.

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3568, Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 1322, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 2315, Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 90)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

Therefore, one is strongly discouraged from delving into issues that one is unqualified for.