Is ‘Abdur Rahman ibn Ishaq Abu Shaybah Al Wasiti reliable? He appears in the chain of the narration for placing the hands below navel in Salah.
‘Abdur Rahman ibn Ishaq Abu Shaybah Al Wasiti has been declared weak by the Muhaddithun like Imams Yahya ibn Ma’in, Ahmad, Nasai (rahimahumullah) and others.
(Refer: Tahdhibul Kamal, vol. 16 pg. 515-518, Tahdibut Tahdhib, vol 6 pg. 136, Al Kashif, vol. 3 pg. 238, number: 3137, Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 2 pg. 486, number: 4567, Taqribut Tahdhib: 3799. Also see Shaykh ‘Awwamah’s footnotes on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, hadith: 2574 & 29930)
See an authentic Hadith here regarding placing the hands below the navel in Salah in which this narrator does not appear.
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.
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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
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