What is meant when it is said that a narrator is or is not a حافظ الحديث as in for example

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This is an expression used to show a slight defect in a narrator’s memory. It does not necessarily mean that his memory is totally weak. Rather it is just not as strong as other reliable narrators.

It is from the lightest words that denote a defect.

(Ar-Raf’u wat-Takmil, pg.190)



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Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar