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The definition of Al Ma’lul

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What is the definition of Al Ma’lul?

 

Answer

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.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar