Umar on Sermons: Do not burden people with long prayers, lectures

‘Ubaydullah ibn ‘Adi reported: Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “O people, do not make Allah hateful to his servants.” They said, “How is that? Allah correct you!” Umar said, “One of you is an Imam and he prolongs the prayer for people until what is in it becomes hateful to them. And one of you sits to lecture and he prolongs it for people until what is in it becomes hateful to them.”

Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 7657

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ibn Hajar

عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَدِيِّ قَالَ قَالَ عُمَر بْن الْخَطَّابِ رضي الله عنه أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ لا تُبَغِّضُوا اللَّهَ إِلَى عِبَادِهِ قَالُوا وَكَيْفَ ذَاكَ أَصْلَحَكَ اللَّهُ قَالَ يَكُونُ أَحَدُكُمْ إِمَامًا فَيُطَوِّلُ عَلَى الْقَوْمِ حَتَّى يُبَغِّضَ إِلَيْهِمْ مَا هُوَ فِيهِ وَيَقْعُدُ أَحَدُكُمْ قَاصًّا فَيُطَوِّلُ عَلَى الْقَوْمِ حَتَّى يُبَغِّضَ إِلَيْهِمْ مَا هُمْ فِيهِ

7657 شعب الإيمان للبيهقي

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