What do you mean when you say
“This Hadith is [weak but] suitable to quote.”
Does this mean that I may quote the narration by saying that the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said it without having to mention that there is a slight problem in the sanad or must I mention that there is a slight weakness in the sanad but it is suitable to quote?
When quoting a weak Hadith, one is not required to highlight its weakness.
However, in academic discussions, it is good to indicate towards its weakness with the words: ‘it has been reported’ (ruwiya) etc.
(Muqaddimah Ibnus Salah, pg.103-104 & Al-Ajwibatul Fadilah, pg.40)
If an academic does point out its weakness, he should also ensure to state that it is still suitable (provided that is the case).
It is important to note that more attention should be paid to the reliable Hadiths. One should avoid the habit of ‘total reliance’ on weak narrations. Even though weak Hadiths may be suitable to quote, one should blend these with other authentic Hadiths on the same topic.
The issue regarding weak Hadiths and their application is extremely pertinent. I hope to expound on it further in the near future insha Allah.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar