There is no obedience to the creation if it causes you to disobey The Creator

لا طَاعَةَ لِمَخْلُوْقٍ فِي مَعْصِيَةِ الخَالِقِ

There is no obedience to anyone from the creation if it causes you to disobey The Creator”

 

This hadeeth was collected by the following scholars:

Ash-Shawkaanee in As-Sail al-Jaraar and he graded it Saheeh

Ibnul Qayyim in A’laam al-Mawqa’ayn and he graded it Saheeh

Shaikh Albaanee in Takhreej Mishkaah al-Masaabeeh and he graded it Saheeh

[Find a hadeeth and its grading: http://www.dorar.net/enc/hadith ]

 

And in this hadeeth from Bukhari1:

أنَّ النبيَّ صلَّى اللهُ عليه وسلَّم بعَث جَيشًا ، وأمَّر عليهم رجلًا ، فأوقَد نارًا ، وقال : ادخُلوها ، فأرادوا أن يَدخُلوها ، وقال آخرونَ : إنما فرَرْنا منها ، فذكَروا للنبيِّ صلَّى اللهُ عليه وسلَّم ، فقال للذين أرادوا أن يَدخُلوها : ( لو دخَلوها لم يَزالوا فيها إلى يومِ القيامةِ ) . وقال للآخَرينَ : ( لا طاعةَ في المعصيةِ ، إنما الطاعةُ في المعروفِ)ا

 

The Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – sent an army and appointed a man as their commander The man kindled a fire and then said (to the soldiers), “Enter it!” Some of them intended to enter it while others said, ‘We have run away from it (i.e., embraced Islam to save ourselves from the ‘fire’).’  (The fire died out and) they (later) mentioned that to the Prophet – sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – and he said about those who had intended to enter the fire, ‘If they had entered it, they would have remained In it till the Day of Resurrection.’ Then he said to others,

لَا طَاعَةَ فِي المَعْصِيَةِ, إِنَّمَا الطَّاعَةُ فِي المَعْرُوْفِ

‘There is no obedience to the one who commands disobedience (to Allah), obedience is only in what is good.’

 

An excellent article Shaikh Uthaymeen in which he speaks some about this principle:

http://www.answering-extremism.com/trans-pub/ae_misau_9.pdf

[Footnotes]

1 In the chapter – Accepting the Information Given by a Trustworthy Person, narrated by Ali.  And there is a hadeeth with similar wording collected by Muslim

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