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Hadith on Leadership: The leader of the Muslims is a shield who defends them when he fears Allah

April 4, 2012

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, the leader is only a shield behind whom they fight and he protects them. If he fears Allah the Exalted and enjoins justice, then he will have a reward. If he enjoins other than that, then it will return upon him.”

Source: Sahih Muslim 1841

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ  عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِنَّمَا الْإِمَامُ جُنَّةٌ يُقَاتَلُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِ وَيُتَّقَى بِهِ فَإِنْ أَمَرَ بِتَقْوَى اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَعَدَلَ كَانَ لَهُ بِذَلِكَ أَجْرٌ وَإِنْ يَأْمُرْ بِغَيْرِهِ كَانَ عَلَيْهِ مِنْهُ

1841 صحيح مسلم كتاب الإمارة باب الإمام جنة يقاتل من ورائه ويتقى به

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