The Punishment of one Who Enjoins Good and Forbids Evil but Acts Otherwise

Usamah bin Zaid (radi Allahu anhum) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “A man will be brought on the Day of Resurrection and will be cast into Hell, and his intestines will pour forth and he will go round them as a donkey goes round a millstone. The inmates of Hell will gather round him and say: ‘What has happened to you, O so-and-so? Were you not enjoining us to do good and forbidding us to do evil?’ He will reply: ‘I was enjoining you to do good, but was not doing it myself; and I was forbidding you to do evil, but was doing it myself.’”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

This Hadith serves a stern warning for such scholars, preachers and reformers of the Ummah whose own conduct is contrary to the sermons they give from the pulpit.

And Allah Knows Best!

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