Hadith on Leadership: Woe to rulers who will regret everything

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said, “Woe to the rulers! Woe to the chiefs! Woe to the trustees! On the Day of Resurrection, some people will wish that their hair was hanging from the sky and swinging between heaven and earth, rather than had done anything they did.”

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 8627

Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Arna’ut

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ وَيْلٌ لِلْأُمَرَاءِ وَيْلٌ لِلْعُرَفَاءِ وَيْلٌ لِلْأُمَنَاءِ لَيَتَمَنَّيَنَّ أَقْوَامٌ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَنَّ ذَوَائِبَهُمْ كَانَتْ مُعَلَّقَةً بِالثُّرَيَّا يَتَذَبْذَبُونَ بَيْنَ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَلَمْ يَكُونُوا عَمِلُوا عَلَى شَيْءٍ

8627 مسند أحمد بن حنبل

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