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Concerning the saying ''Whoever Knows Me Yet Disobeys Me''
Question:

If a Muslim must be careful not to ascribe a fabricated, account of what the Prophet (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, is not the situation more severe when one is ascribing a saying to Allaah Almighty. What is the correct view regarding the following saying, which is ascribed to Allaah Almighty, and regarding others similar to it: "When a person knows Me yet disobeys me, I will give a free hand over him to someone who doesn't know Me."
Answer:

It is not allowed for any one to ascribe anything to Allaah or to His Messenger (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) without knowledge. If one is not sure whether a specific saying is authentic, then he should not state it in a manner that would indicate he was certain. For example, he should instead say, "It has been related that Allaah Almighty said," Or, "It has been related that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) said," One may use these phrases or others similar to it, phrases that do not convey a sense of positive certainty.

Scholars have spoken clearly about this principle, and example is the saying that is often ascribed to Allaah Almigh "When a person knows Me yet disobeys me, I will give a free hand over him to someone who doesn't know Me." From what I know, this saying has no recognized chain of narration to support it it is a saying that is mainly famous in books that specialize in sermons, and one often hears this saying on the tongues of people who remind others of their duty to Allaah Almighty. When one cites this saying, one must be sure to make clear that it is merely a saying that has been ascribed to Allaah Almighty, not a saying that Allaah Almighty said. May Allaah Almighty guide all Muslims to everything that gains His pleasure.

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Fatawa Islamiyah, Vol. 7, Pages 193-194, DARUSSALAM
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