Meaning of the term ‘لا بأس به’ (la ba-sa bihi)

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If a Muhaddith is saying ‘la ba-sa bihi’ (لا بأس به) then is he praising a narrator or criticising him?



La ba-sa bihi (لا بأس به) is a term Muhaddithun use to show credibility of a narrator. It is not of the highest level and this narrators Hadiths are usually termed hasan (sound).

(Refer: Tadribur Rawi, vol. 4 pg. 184)


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, especially since certain Muhaddithun could have their own personal usage and definition of this term.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar,

The field of Hadith criticism (Al-Jarh wat Ta’dil) is a very vast and intricate one. Superficial knowledge of it is more harmful than its total ignorance.

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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