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Meaning of the term ‘لا بأس به’ (la ba-sa bihi)

Question

If a Muhaddith is saying ‘la ba-sa bihi’ (لا بأس به) then is he praising a narrator or criticising him?

 

Answer

La ba-sa bihi (لا بأس به) is a term Muhaddithun use to show credibility of a narrator. It is not of the highest level and this narrators Hadiths are usually termed hasan (sound).

(Refer: Tadribur Rawi, vol. 4 pg. 184)

 

Note: The above is merely an answer to the question provided. One who is unqualified, should not seek to apply this and/or draw conclusions on related issues independently, especially since certain Muhaddithun could have their own personal usage and definition of this term.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

The field of Hadith criticism (Al-Jarh wat Ta’dil) is a very vast and intricate one. Superficial knowledge of it is more harmful than its total ignorance.