Is this narration authentic?
Nabi Musa (‘alayhis salam) asked Allah Ta’ala: “O my Rabb! Your Majesty lies in the Heavens while we are on earth. What is the sign of Your Wrath and Pleasure? Allah Ta’ala said: “When I appoint the best of you to be your ruler, then it is a sign of My being pleased with you. And when I appoint your worst (scoundrel) to be your ruler, then it is a sign of My Wrath for you.”
This narration is recorded in the following sources As the statement of Qatadah (rahimahullah); a Tabi’i, and not as a narration of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):
- Az Zuhd of Imam Ahmad: 1577
- Al ‘Uqubat of Imam Ibn Abid Dunya: 32 and 278
- Al Mujalasah Wa Jawahirul ‘Ilm: 425
- Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 6 pg. 290
- Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 61 pg. 145
The narration is suitable to quote as reported. (Also see: Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 391)
A similar Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is recorded in Musnadul Firdaws. See here.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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