Hadith on Rulers: Advising the Muslim leader in private

Abu Wa’il reported: It was said to Usamah ibn Yazid, may Allah be pleased with him, “Have you not spoken to Uthman?” Usamah said, “You think I have not spoken to him unless you heard it? I have certainly spoken to him in the matter between us without bringing it up. I do not like to be the first to bring it up.”

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 21784

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Arna’ut

عَنْ أَبِي وَائِلٍ قَالَ قِيلَ لِأُسَامَةَ بن زيد رضي الله عنه أَلَا تُكَلِّمُ عُثْمَانَ فَقَالَ إِنَّكُمْ تَرَوْنَ أَنْ لَا أُكَلِّمَهُ إِلَّا سَمْعَكُمْ إِنِّي لَأُكَلِّمُهُ فِيمَا بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَهُ مَا دُونَ أَنْ أَفْتَتِحَ أَمْرًا لَا أُحِبُّ أَنْ أَكُونَ أَوَّلَ مَنْ افْتَتَحَهُ

21784 مسند أحمد

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