Could you mention the reference for this please?
إن الناس لم يزالوا بخير ما استقامت لهم ولاتهم وهداتهم
Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this as the statement of Sayyiduna ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab (radiyallahu ‘anhu).
(Shu’abul Iman: 7042. Tabaqat Ibn Sa’d, vol. 3 pg. 222 and As Sunanul Kubra of Imam Bayhaqi, vol. 8 pg. 162 with slight variation in the wording)
Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said:
“People will remain on good as long as their leaders and guiders are on the straight path”
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar