“Two types of people if they are righteous, people will be righteous; and if they are corrupt, people will be corrupt...”
Is this an authentic Hadith
or is it ‘Umar’s speech?
This was narrated by
Abu Nu‘aym in [Al-Hilyah] on the authority of
Ibn ‘Abbas, and was mentioned by
Al-Suyuty in [Al-Jami‘ Al-Saghir] with the following wording:
“Two types of people if they are righteous, people will be righteous; and if they are corrupt, people will be corrupt: scholars and rulers.”
Al-Suyuty indicated its weakness, and
Al-Munawy stated in his commentary on [Al-Jami‘ Al-Saghir] on the authority of
Al-Hafizh Al-‘Iraqy that it is Da‘if (weak). The knowledgeable Shaykh
Nasir Al-Din Al-Albany also stated in the book [Silsilat Al-Ahadith Al-Da‘ifah] that it is Hadith Mawdu‘ (fabricated Hadith) because it includes
Muhammad ibn Ziyad Al-Yashkury in its Isnad (chain of narrators), who is classified as a "liar". The same was said by
Ibn Ma`in .