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A follow up query regarding the narration ‘Difficulties and hardships, A sign of Iman’

Question

Is the below Hadith sahih as it contains ‘Asim ibn Bahdalah who has been criticised for his defective memory ?

Sayyiduna Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) once asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), “Which people are tested most severely? Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) replied, ‘The Ambiya, then the next best, then the next best’ [i.e. The honourable noble ones who are closest to Allah Ta’ala]. A person is tested in accordance to [the strength/weakness] of his Din [Iman]. If he is firm on his Din, his trials will be more severe. If he is weak in his Din, then he is tried according to his strength of his Din. Man will continue being tested until he is left walking upon the earth free of sins.”

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Who is the word سمعت attributed to in this narration

Question

Regarding the following Hadith and the chain of narration, who does the word سمعت refer to, and is the ta (ت) pronounced with a dhammah or fathah?

حدثنا يحيى بن يحيى واللفظ له قال: قلت لسفيان بن عيينة: سمعت الزهري يذكر عن عطاء بن يزيد الليثي عن أبي أيوب الأنصاري رضي الله عنه أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: إذا أتيتم الغائط فلا تستقبلوا القبلة ولا تستدبروها ببول ولا غائط ولكن شرقوا أو غربوا. قال أبو أيوب: فقدمنا الشام فوجدنا مراحيض قد بنيت قبل القبلة فننحرف عنها ونستغفر الله. قال: نعم – رواه مسلم (٢٦٤) Read More »

The shortest chains in Sahih Bukhari

Question

I heard there are twenty three (23) Hadiths whose chain of narrators are only three (3) that are linked to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). Is this true?

If so, which Hadiths are they?
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