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Good rulers and evil rulers are signs of Allah’s happiness and displeasure

Question

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.”

 

Answer

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):

  1. Az Zuhd of Imam Ahmad: 1577
  2. Al ‘Uqubat of Imam Ibn Abid Dunya: 32 and 278
  3. Al Mujalasah Wa Jawahirul ‘Ilm: 425
  4. Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 6 pg. 290
  5. 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.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar