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Hadiths that ‘can be considered reliable according to Hafiz ibn Hajar’

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In some of your answers (like here) you say that a Hadith will be declared reliable/authentic according to Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al ‘Asqalani (rahimahullah). I was wondering, what do you mean by this statement? Do you mean it is reliable according to his conditions? If so and he did not grade it, how can you be certain it is reliable according to him if he did not say anything on its authenticity himself?

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The existence/non existence on Mutawatir Hadiths

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A friend of mine alerted me to an argument that a prominent Salafi inclined Shaykh was making about the existence of Mutawatir Hadiths.

He said that not only are there no such thing as Mutawatir Hadiths, but it is impossible to have Mutawatir Hadiths according to the conditions of Mutawatir Hadith and he lists four reasons:

1) All of the Hadith Compilers through which we know Hadiths exist had the possibility of collusion upon a lie. Imam Ahmad met Imam Bukhari and Imam Abu Dawud. Imam Abu Dawud met Imam Nasai and Imam Bukhari met Imam Tirmidhi and Imam Muslim and so on and so forth and in this way, all of the ‘Ulama who compiled Hadiths into books have some link to each other which establishes the possibility of colluding upon a lie and thus, because this is the only way we know of Hadiths existing and because in this way, collusion was possible, no Hadith can be considered Mutawatir. Read More »

Ruling of weak narrations that support each other

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If a weak Hadith is supported by another weak Hadith then generally that Hadith becomes hasan lighayrihi.

1. What will be the ruling of two weak Hadiths which have the weakness at the same level?

In a case were both the weak narrations, are at the level of Atba’ Al-Tabi’in, there is a weak narrator or there’s jahalah in the rawi. Will both the narrations still be classed as weak or will they elevate to the level of hasan?

2. Will the same principle be used when elevating hasan to sahih, meaning that the weakness in memory cannot occur at the same level or be the same person? Read More »

The types of Sahih Hadiths in Bukhari and Muslim

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I have the following questions about Hadith:

1. Are all the Hadiths in Bukhari and Muslim sahih li dhatihi or are there also some sahih li ghayrihi narrations? Please provide example if there are any?

2. For a Hadith to be classed as sahih li ghayrihi, does the supporting narration need to have the exact words or just the same meaning? If it just needs the same meaning, will it also include one part of a lengthy narration supporting a small narration? Read More »

The number needed for Mutawatir

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I studied that some opinions said that the number of mutawatir Hadith must be 313 to match that of the people of Badr but I tried to look for who exactly said this and I could not find an answer. Ibn Taymiyyah and ‘Ali Qari mentioned the opinion by generically saying ‘And some said’ without mentioning who.

Can you please inform me as to who it was that specifically that held this opinion and a reference would be appreciated.

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What if the virtue mentioned is a mistake?

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What is status of following Hadith? Can it be quoted?

من بلغه عن الله فضل فأخذ بذلك الفضل الذي بلغه أعطاه الله ما بلغه وإن كان الذي حدثه كاذبا

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Authenticity of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

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Are all the Hadiths in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim really authentic?

I ask this because there are numerous notable and prominent Scholars who believe that there are many weak narrations present in Bukhari and Muslim. They even provided references of several weak Hadith for that.

On the other hand, there are numerous scholars who believe that all narrations in Bukhari and Muslim are authentic, and there is no question on this. However, both of these groups of scholars cannot be right at the same time. I want to ask that are all narration in Bukhari and Muslim really authentic?

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Difference of opinion on Hadith grading

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What should an individual practice upon after being told that one specific Hadith is not okay for practice, although others have said that it is okay to practice upon?

The Hadith I’m referring to is the one you posted regarding the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah, fasting a day being equivalent to fasting a year and praying at night is equivalent to the worship of the Night of Qadr.

My question is what should one practice upon when he hears two conflicting answers, also why is it that there is such a huge difference of opinion on the grading of Hadiths? Read More »

Acting upon a Hadith which has no sanad

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Is it okay to act upon a narration which we do not have the sanad [chain of narration] for without thinking that this action is Sunnah, out of caution and with the possibility of it being an actual Hadith? Read More »