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What is Jarh and Ta’dil?

Question

Could you kindly explain what is جرح and تعديل in the science of Hadith?

 

Answer

The act of classifying a narrator as unreliable or weak is called: ‘Al-Jarh’ (Criticism), while classifying him as reliable is known as ‘At-Ta’dil’ (Justification). This aspect in the science of Hadith is called ‘ilmul Jarh wat Ta’dil.’

This science is of a very intricate nature and is the right of a specialist only.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar