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Status of the Hadith narrator ‘Asim ibn Bahdalah

Question

What is the status of narrator ‘Asim ibn Abin Najud?

 

Answer

‘Asim ibn Abin Najud Al Asadi, also known as ‘Asim ibn Badhalah was an expert in the field of Qira’ah. Imams Ahmad, ‘Ijli, Ibn Hibban (rahimahumullah) have declared him credible. Imams Bukhari and Muslim (rahimahumallah) have accepted his Hadiths in their Sahih on condition that he was corroborated (مقرونا).

Imam Ibn Sa’d (rahimahullah) has declared him credible (ثقة) but states that he would err. Other Muhaddithun like Imam Daraqutni (rahimahullah) have also mentioned that he would make mistakes and his memory was not exceptional.

 

Therefore his Hadiths could be declared sound (hasan) unless proven otherwise. ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has declared him sound (حسن الحديث) and ‘Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has also echoed similar sentiments (صدوق له أوهام حجة في القراءة وحديثه في الصحيحين مقرون).

(References for all of the above: Tahdhibul Kamal, vol. 13, pg. 473, number: 3002, Tahdhibut Tahdhib, vol. 5 pg. 38, Tabribut Tahdhib: 3054 and Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 2 pg. 325, number: 3868)

 

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.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar