Q 7: In some Islamic books, sometimes the author mentions a Hadith and its narrator without indicating its degree of authenticity. How far should we accept the Hadith in this case? What is the easiest way to
learn the sciences of Hadith?
Firstly: If a Hadith is narrated by
Muslim and they ascribed it to the Prophet (peace be upon him), then it is a sound Hadith. This is because the Ummah (nation) has unanimously approved their Two Sahih (authentic) Books of Hadith (i.e. Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Secondly: If a Hadith is stated in other books of Hadith such as Sunan (Hadith compilations classified by jurisprudential themes), Musnads (Hadith compilations classified according to complete chains of narration) or Mu‘jams (Hadith compilations arranged alphabetically), scholars do mention its degree of authenticity, soundness, or weakness. You will find these classifications in the reference books on Hadith. Thirdly: The easiest way to learn the sciences of Hadith is to learn it from well-versed scholars. You have to begin with concise books on Hadith terminology and the books that discuss the chain of transmitters as the book of Nukhbat Al-Fikr and its commentary, and the book of Alfiyat Al-‘Iraqy and its commentary.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.