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Definition of a gharib Hadith

Question

What is gharib narration? Can a gharib narration still be sahih or hasan?

Answer

A gharib Hadith basically refers to that Hadith which has transmitted by only one narrator in any particular era, regardless of their number in other eras. A gharib Hadith could be authentic (sahih) like those gharib Hadiths which are recorded in Sahih Bukhari or Sahih Muslim. However, many times these type of Hadiths turn out to be weak.

(Ibnus Salah, pg. 270-271, Tadribur Rawi, vol. 5 pg. 52-57)

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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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