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When people will regard evil as good and good as evil…

Question

Is this a Hadith?

A time will come when people will see good/correct as bad/evil and bad/evil as good/correct?

If so can you please provide the wording and source.

 

Answer

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

‘O People! How [bad] would be your condition when your women will rebel and your youth will begin to sin?’

The Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhu) said: ‘Will this [ever] happen, O Messenger of Allah?’

Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) replied: ‘Yes, and even worse [is to happen]. How [bad] will be your condition when you will abandon enjoining good and forbidding wrong?’

The Sahabah (radiyallahu’anhu) said: ‘Will this [ever] happen, O Messenger of Allah?’

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied: ‘Yes, and even worse [is to happen]. How [bad] will your condition be when you will consider vice as virtue and [you will consider] virtue as vice?’

(Musnad Abi Ya’la, Hadith: 6389 and Al-Mu’jamul Awsat of Tabarani, Hadith: 9321)

This is also reported by Sayyiduna Abu Umamah (radiyallahu’anhu) – with variation in the wordings- as recorded by Imam Ibn Abid Dunya in his Kitabul Amr bil Ma’ruf.

Furthermore, Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu’anhu) too has reported a lengthy Hadith similar to this, although I haven’t seen its chain.

(Takhrijul Ihya, vol.7 pg.9)

 

Authenticity

All the chains for the above are weak, or even very weak. However after they are combined they do acquire a degree of strength, making it suitable to quote especially for the purpose of warning against these wrongs.

(See: Takhrijul Iyha (vol.2 pg. with Ihya) and Sharhul Ihya, vol.7 pg.9. Also see Majma’uz Zawaid, vol.7 pg.281)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar