If you see Muawiyah on my pulpit, then kill him.
إذا رأيتم معاوية على منبري فاقتلوه
This hadith is mawdu’ (forged). It has many chains of narration all of which are completely baseless. All scholars have rejected this hadith, including: Ayub al Sijastani, Imam Ahmed, Abu Zur’ah al Razi, Ibn Hibban, Ibn ‘Adi, al Dhahabi, Ibn Kathir, and many other great hadith scholars.
- After discovering the hidden defects (‘ilal) in the most famous chains of transmission of this hadith, Imam Bukhari says, “This hadith has no reliable source, and there is no such report (authentically) established by any of the Companions radiya Llahu ‘anhum to Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam; it is only narrated by weak narrators (ahl al d’af).”
- Al ‘Uqayli says, “There is nothing authentically established from these texts that can be attributed to Nabi salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.”
- Al Juzaqani says, “This is a forged and baseless hadith. The likes of this can only come from the innovators and hadith forgers—may Allah disgrace them in both the worlds. Whoever believes this (or the likes thereof) to be true or it even crosses his mind that this was uttered by the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, he is a heretic and has left the fold (of Islam).”
- Ibn Taymiyyah says, “According to the experts of hadith, it is a lie, and a forgery that has been falsely attributed to the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.”
- Both Ibn ‘Asakir and Ibn Jawzi spoke at length regarding this hadith and have said that there is nothing authentic from all of its chains of transmission.
- Al Albani says it is fabricated.
What is with the Shia? They try to use this hadith as proof despite the fact that Hassan radiya Llahu ‘anhu pledged his allegiance to Muawiyah radiya Llahu ‘anhu and relinquished his so-called “divine position” as you claim!
As long as you substantiate your claims with baseless ahadith, you should also accept the following (forged) hadith:
إذا رأيتم معاوية على منبري فاقبلوه فإنه أمين مأمون
If you see Muawiyah on my pulpit then accept; for he is trustworthy and reliable.
Especially since Imam al Suyuti said, “This narration is more sensible than the first.”
 Ibn ‘Adi: al Kamil Fi Du’afa’ al Rijal 5/101
 Imam Ahmed: ‘Ilal al Khallal 138
 Abu Zur’ah al Razi: al Du’afa’ 2/ 472
 Ibn Hibban: Kitab al Majruhin. 1/157, 250; 2/172
 Ibn ‘Adi: al Kamil Fi Du’afa’ al Rijal 2/146, 209; 5/101, 200, 314; 7/83
 Imam al Dhahabi: Siyar A’lam al Nubala’ 3/150
 Ibn Kathir: al Bidayah wa al Nihayah 11/434
 Imam Bukhari: al Tarikh al Awsat 1/256
 Al ‘Uqayli: al Du’afa’ 1/259
 Al Juzaqani: al Abatil 1/200
 Ibn Taymiyyah: Minhaj al Sunnah al Nabawiyyah 4/380
 Ibn ‘Asakir: Tarikh Dimashq 59/155-158; Ibn al Jawzi: Kitab al Mawdu’at 2/24
 Al Albani: Silsilat al Da’ifah 4930
 Imam al Suyuti: al La’ali al Masnu’ah 1/ 389