Imams Ibn Khuzaymah’s and Ibn Hibban’s rank being higher than Imam Hakim (rahimahumullah)

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

و قالوا ابن خزيمة وابن حبان أمكن وأقوي من الحاكم وأحسن وألطف فى اﻷسانيد والمتون

(Mishkat muqaddimah)

What does ألطف mean in the above ibarah?



One may understand it in light of the context as being more elegant in the manner he cites the chains and texts of the Hadiths.

I haven’t seen any specific explanation of this word that may suggest otherwise.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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