Is it a condition for one to be a Mufti to memorize a given number of Hadiths?


A: All Praise is due to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions. To commence: Whoever learns about any of the issues of Islamic Shari`ah (jurisprudence), is able to support them with evidence, and is confident about their correctness, he/she must convey and clarify these issues to others when there is a need for this, even if this person does not memorize the number of Hadiths mentioned in the question. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: “May Allah brighten (the face of) a person who hears something from us (me) and conveys it as heard ; for perhaps the informed person shall comprehend it more than the one who heard.” Narrated by Ahmad, Al-Tirmidhy, and Ibn Hibban on the authority of Ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him). In another narration, the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: “May Allah brighten (the face of) a person who hears a Hadith from us (me) and memorizes it to convey it to others; for perhaps a receptor of knowledge is more knowledgeable than a transmitter, and perhaps a transmitter (of knowledge), is not versed in knowledge.” Narrated by Al-Tirmidhy and Al-Diya' on the authority of Zayd ibn Thabit (may Allah be pleased with him). Moreover, the Prophet (peace be upon him) also stated: Convey (my sayings) to people even if it is a single verse. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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