What is the definition of Al Ma’lul?
Al Ma’lul refers to a Hadith that apparently fulfils all the conditions of As Sahih [an authentic Hadith], but in reality it has a hidden defect which effectively renders that Hadith weak.
These subtle defects were usually extremely difficult to detect and were only identified by the Hadith experts.
(Refer: Ibnus Salah, pg. 89-93 and Sharhun Nukhbah, pg. 59 and 92)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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