The differing amongst the Scholars in the authenticity & weakness of ahaadeeth

Reference: Fataawa al-Mu’aasirah – Page 325

Question: I am a beginner student [of knowledge] and am often confused when I read a hadeeth which has been authenticated by some of the contemporary scholars, whilst [some of] the scholars of the past have declared it as weak. So what should I do?

Response: The answer to this is that if you have the ability to understand the reason for declaring it weak and that this [reason] is correct, then follow what you believe is correct – whether it is from the statement of the contemporary scholars or the statement of the scholars of the past.

However, if you do not have this ability, as you mentioned – you are a beginner student [of knowledge], then follow what the contemporary scholars say, because they are closer to that which is correct [in the matter of declaring ahaadeeth authentic and weak] than the scholars of the past.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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