Is the saying “The one who remains silent against injustice is a speechless Satan” a hadith? If so, can you give the reference?

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Is the saying “The one who remains silent against injustice is a speechless Satan” a hadith? If so, can you give the reference?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

This saying has become popular among people as a hadith. However, we could not find any information showing that this saying belongs to our Prophet (pbuh).

Qushayri states in his book Risale (p 62) that he heard this from Ustadh Abu Ali ad-Dakkak: “The one who does not tell the truth/remains silent against injustice is Satan.”, after quoting the saying “Just as speaking when it is needed is a good trait, so too is knowing to be quiet in time is a trait of virtuous  people.”

Ibn Qayyim included these statements in his book al-Jawabul-Wafi (p 136):

“The one who advises people by saying superstitious/untrue things is a speaking Demon. The one who avoids telling the truth is a speechless Satan.”

The statement The one who remain silent against injustice…” is more popular, though.

In a nutshell, this saying which we could not find a sound or weak source despite all our research seems to be just a maxim.

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