I came across the narrator Suhayb Abus Sahba in Sunan Abi Dawud. Is he a reliable narrator?
Suhayb Abus Sahba Al Bakri was the freed slave of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). He reported Hadith from Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas, Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud and Sayyiduna ‘Ali ibn ‘Abi Talib (radiyallahu ‘anhum).
Imams Abu Zur’ah and Ibn Hibban (rahimahumallah) have declared him reliable (thiqah). In addition to Imam Abu Dawud, Imam Muslim and Imam Nasai (rahimahumallah) have also reported Hadith from him.
(Refer: Kitabuth Thiqat of Imam Ibn Hibban, vol. 4 pg. 381 Tahdhibul Kamal, vol. 13 pg. 241-242, number: 2906, Tahdhibut Tahdhib, vol. 4 pg. 439 and Taqribut Tahdhib: 2956)
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.
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