A follow up query regarding the narrator; ‘Asim ibn Bahdalah

Question

I have seen your answer regarding ‘Asim ibn Bahdalah but my question is what is the status of reports that are narrated through him alone? Some people have said he is only accepted through corroborated reports, others said his Hadith narrated alone are Hasan until proven otherwise.

 

Answer

As stated in the answer you have alluded to, the Hadiths reported through ‘Asim ibn Bahdalah/Ibn Abin Najud alone will be declared sound (hasan) unless it is evident that he erred.

Imams Bukhari and Muslim (rahimahumallah) only accepted Hadith from a certain calibre of narrators. According to them, ‘Asim ibn Bahdalah did not meet this high criterion. Therefore, if they found him to be corroborated, they accepted his Hadith. The fact that he was corroborated, assured them that he reported this Hadith correctly in accordance to their standards.

 

(See: Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah’s footnotes on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 29842 for an example of where his Hadith has been declared sound)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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