While reading a Turkish text, I saw an unreferenced hadith, which can be translated to English like this:

True scholars are those who speak the right and the truth against tyrant rulers without fear.

Is this a sahih Hadith (according to Sunni sources), or is there any sahih Hadith with similar meaning?


I found the following on a website. Not sure if this is what you are looking for:

"The best (Jihad) is (to speak) a word of truth to an oppressive ruler." - Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 4344

  • It's similar. Quoting from Sunan Abu Dawood doesn't tell us anything about the authenticity though.
    – ashes999
    Sep 14 '12 at 15:59
  • OP didn't ask for the authenticity of the Hadith.
    – Noah
    Sep 14 '12 at 17:43
  • @ashes999, I tried to look it up online, but couldn't find any reputable source. Do you think I should delete the answer?
    – Noah
    Sep 14 '12 at 17:50
  • the title of the question is "is this a saheeh hadith." So the OP is asking :) I don't think you should delete it. I think you should try to answer it, since you've already done half the work of locating what could be the same hadith in one of the six major books.
    – ashes999
    Sep 14 '12 at 19:25
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    @Ansari please edit it into the answer, if that's the case.
    – ashes999
    Sep 21 '12 at 0:06

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