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bukhari:7144Musaddad > Yaḥyá b. Saʿīd > ʿUbaydullāh > Nāfiʿ > ʿAbdullāh

The Prophet ﷺ said, "A Muslim has to listen to and obey (the order of his ruler) whether he likes it or not, as long as his orders involve not one in disobedience (to Allah), but if an act of disobedience (to Allah) is imposed one should not listen to it or obey it. (See Hadith No. 203, Vol. 4)  

البخاري:٧١٤٤حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ سَعِيدٍ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ حَدَّثَنِي نَافِعٌ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ؓ

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ﷺ قَالَ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ وَكَرِهَ مَا لَمْ يُؤْمَرْ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِذَا أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلاَ سَمْعَ وَلاَ طَاعَةَ  


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Collected by Muslim, Nasāʾī, Abū Dāwūd, Tirmidhī, Ibn Mājah, Aḥmad, Nasāʾī's Kubrá, Bayhaqī, Suyūṭī
muslim:1839aQutaybah b. Saʿīd > Layth > ʿUbaydullāh > Nāfiʿ > Ibn ʿUmar

It is obligatory upon a Muslim that he should listen (to the ruler appointed over him) and obey him whether he likes it or not, except that he is ordered to do a sinful thing. If he is ordered to do a sinful act, a Muslim should neither listen to him nor should he obey his orders.  

مسلم:١٨٣٩aحَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ حَدَّثَنَا لَيْثٌ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ نَافِعٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ﷺ أَنَّهُ قَالَ عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ وَكَرِهَ إِلاَّ أَنْ يُؤْمَرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِنْ أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلاَ سَمْعَ وَلاَ طَاعَةَ  

nasai:4206Qutaybah > al-Layth > ʿUbaydullāh b. Abū Jaʿfar > Nāfiʿ > Ibn ʿUmar

"The Messenger of Allah said: 'The Muslim must hear and obey whether he likes it or not, unless he is commanded to commit an act of disobedience. If he is commanded to commit an act of disobedience, then he is not required to hear and obey."'  

النسائي:٤٢٠٦أَخْبَرَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا اللَّيْثُ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ عَنْ نَافِعٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ قَالَ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ وَكَرِهَ إِلاَّ أَنْ يُؤْمَرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِذَا أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلاَ سَمْعَ وَلاَ طَاعَةَ  

abudawud:2626Musaddad > Yaḥyá > ʿUbaydullāh > Nāfiʿ > ʿAbdullāh

‘Abd Allaah bin Masud reported the Apostle of Allaah ﷺ as saying “Listening and Obedience are binding on a Muslim whether he likes or dislikes, so long as he is not commanded for disobedience (to Allaah). If he is commanded to disobedience (to Allaah), no listening and disobedience are binding (on him).  

أبو داود:٢٦٢٦حَدَّثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ حَدَّثَنِي نَافِعٌ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ

عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ﷺ أَنَّهُ قَالَ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ وَكَرِهَ مَا لَمْ يُؤْمَرْ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِذَا أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلاَ سَمْعَ وَلاَ طَاعَةَ  

tirmidhi:1707Qutaybah > al-Layth > ʿUbaydullāh b. ʿUmar > Nāfiʿ > Ibn ʿUmar

That the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: "Hearing and obeying is required from every Muslim man - in what he like and what he dislikes - as long as he is not ordered with disobedience. If he is ordered with disobedience, then no hearing or obeying is required of him."  

[Abu 'Eisa said:] There are narrations on this topic from 'Ali, 'Imran bin Husain, and Al-Hakam bin 'Amr Al-Ghifari. This Hadith is Hasan Sahih.
الترمذي:١٧٠٧حَدَّثَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ حَدَّثَنَا اللَّيْثُ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ عَنْ نَافِعٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ قَالَ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ وَكَرِهَ مَا لَمْ يُؤْمَرْ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِنْ أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلاَ سَمْعَ عَلَيْهِ وَلاَ طَاعَةَ  

قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى وَفِي الْبَابِ عَنْ عَلِيٍّ وَعِمْرَانَ بْنِ حُصَيْنٍ وَالْحَكَمِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو الْغِفَارِيِّ وَهَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ صَحِيحٌ
ibnmajah:2864[Chain 1] Muḥammad b. Rumḥ > al-Layth b. Saʿd > ʿUbaydullāh b. ʿUmar > Nāfiʿ > Ibn ʿUmar [Chain 2] Muḥammad b. al-Ṣabbāḥ And Sūwayd b. Saʿīd > ʿAbdullāh b. Rajāʾ al-Makkī > ʿUbaydullāh > Nāfiʿ > Ibn ʿUmar

“The Muslim is obliged to obey (the ruler) whether he likes it or not, unless he is commanded to commit an act of disobedience. If he is commanded to commit a sin then he should neither listen nor obey.”  

ابن ماجة:٢٨٦٤حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ رُمْحٍ أَنْبَأَنَا اللَّيْثُ بْنُ سَعْدٍ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ عَنْ نَافِعٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ ح وَحَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الصَّبَّاحِ وَسُوَيْدُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ قَالاَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ رَجَاءٍ الْمَكِّيُّ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ نَافِعٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ

أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ﷺ قَالَ عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ الطَّاعَةُ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ أَوْ كَرِهَ إِلاَّ أَنْ يُؤْمَرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَمَنْ أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلاَ سَمْعَ وَلاَ طَاعَةَ  

ahmad:6278Ibn Numayr > ʿUbaydullāh > Nāfiʿ > Ibn ʿUmar

‘Abd Allaah bin Masud reported the Apostle of Allaah ﷺ as saying “Listening and Obedience are binding on a Muslim whether he likes or dislikes, so long as he is not commanded for disobedience (to Allaah). If he is commanded to disobedience (to Allaah), no listening and disobedience are binding (on him). (Using translation from Abū Dāʾūd 2626)   

أحمد:٦٢٧٨حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ نُمَيْرٍ حَدَّثَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللهِ عَنْ نَافِعٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ

أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ ﷺ قَالَ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ أَوْ كَرِهَ إِلَّا أَنْ يُؤْمَرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِنْ أُمِرَبِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلَا سَمْعَ وَلَا طَاعَةَ  

ahmad:4668Yaḥyá > ʿUbaydullāh > Nāfiʿ > Ibn ʿUmar

“The Muslim is obliged to obey (the ruler) whether he likes it or not, unless he is commanded to commit an act of disobedience. If he is commanded to commit a sin then he should neither listen nor obey.” (Using translation from Ibn Mājah 2864)   

أحمد:٤٦٦٨حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللهِ أَخْبَرَنِي نَافِعٌ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ﷺ قَالَ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ عَلَى الْمَرْءِ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ أَوْ كَرِهَ إِلَّا أَنْ يُؤْمَرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِنْ أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلَا سَمْعَ وَلَا طَاعَةَ  

nasai-kubra:8667Qutaybah b. Saʿīd > al-Layth > ʿUbaydullāh > Nāfiʿ > Ibn ʿUmar

"The Messenger of Allah said: 'The Muslim must hear and obey whether he likes it or not, unless he is commanded to commit an act of disobedience. If he is commanded to commit an act of disobedience, then he is not required to hear and obey."' (Using translation from Nasāʾī 4206)  

الكبرى للنسائي:٨٦٦٧أَخْبَرَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا اللَّيْثُ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللهِ عَنْ نَافِعٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ قَالَ

قَالَ النَّبِيُّ ﷺ «عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ أَوْ كَرِهَ إِلَّا أَنْ يُؤْمَرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِذَا أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلَا سَمْعَ عَلَيْهِ وَلَا طَاعَةَ»  

nasai-kubra:7781Qutaybah b. Saʿīd > al-Layth > ʿUbaydullāh > Nāfiʿ > Ibn ʿUmar

It is obligatory upon a Muslim that he should listen (to the ruler appointed over him) and obey him whether he likes it or not, except that he is ordered to do a sinful thing. If he is ordered to do a sinful act, a Muslim should neither listen to him nor should he obey his orders. (Using translation from Muslim 1839a)  

الكبرى للنسائي:٧٧٨١أَخْبَرَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ بْنُ سَعِيدٍ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا اللَّيْثُ عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللهِ عَنْ نَافِعٍ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ قَالَ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ ﷺ «عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ وَكَرِهَ إِلَّا أَنْ يُؤْمَرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِذَا أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلَا سَمْعَ وَلَا طَاعَةَ»  

bayhaqi:16608[Chain 1] Abū ʿAlī al-Rūdhbārī > Abū Bakr b. Dāsah > Abū Dāwud [Chain 2] Musaddad > Yaḥyá > ʿUbaydullāh > Nāfiʿ > ʿAbdullāh

[Machine] On the authority of the Prophet ﷺ , he said, "Listening and obeying is upon the Muslim concerning what they love and hate as long as they are not commanded to disobey. But if they are commanded to disobey, then there is no listening or obeying."  

البيهقي:١٦٦٠٨أَخْبَرَنَا أَبُو عَلِيٍّ الرُّوذْبَارِيُّ أَنْبَأَ أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ دَاسَةَ ثَنَا أَبُو دَاوُدَ ح وَأَنْبَأَ أَبُو عَبْدِ اللهِ الْحَافِظُ أَنْبَأَ أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ إِسْحَاقَ الْفَقِيهُ أَنْبَأَ أَبُو الْمُثَنَّى قَالَا ثَنَا مُسَدَّدٌ ثَنَا يَحْيَى عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللهِ حَدَّثَنِي نَافِعٌ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ﷺ قَالَ السَّمْعُ وَالطَّاعَةُ عَلَى الْمَرْءِ الْمُسْلِمِ فِيمَا أَحَبَّ وَكَرِهَ مَا لَمْ يُؤْمَرْ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَإِذَا أُمِرَ بِمَعْصِيَةٍ فَلَا سَمْعَ وَلَا طَاعَةَ  

رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ فِي الصَّحِيحِ عَنْ مُسَدَّدٍ وَأَخْرَجَهُ مُسْلِمٌ عَنْ زُهَيْرِ بْنِ حَرْبٍ وَغَيْرِهِ عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ سَعِيدٍ
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السيوطي:١١٠٤٩a

"السَّمْعُ والطاعَةُ حَقٌّ على المرءِ الْمُسْلمِ فيما أَحبَّ أَوْ كَرِهَ، ما لَمْ يُؤمَرْ بمعصية، فإذا أُمر بمعصية فلا سَمْعَ عليه ولا طَاعَةَ".  

[حم] أحمد [خ] البخاري [م] مسلم [د] أبو داود [ت] الترمذي [ن] النسائي [هـ] ابن ماجة عن ابن عمر، الشيرازى في الألقاب عن أبي هريرة