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There is no obedience to the creation in the disobedience of the Creator

Question

Is the following a hadith?

There is no obedience to the creation (if it entails) disobedience to the Creator

I read somewhere that although the meaning is correct, the source of the hadith is very weak.

Answer

The Hadith in question is authentic and suitable to quote.

Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

There is no obedience to the creation (if it entails) the disobedience of the Creator.

(Sahih ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 4568 and Musnad Ahmad, vol. 1 pg. 131)

Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim (rahimahumallah) have also recorded the Hadith in question with slightly different words:

Sayyiduna ‘Ali (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “…There is no obedience to anyone in sinful acts, obedience is only in meritorious acts”

(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 7257, Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 1840)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

 

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