“Do not mix truth with falsehood and do not deliberately hide the truth” (Qur’an 2:42)
*Note This entry is being updated as of 15, July 2020. Those of the Salafi denomination of Ahl Sunnah can be unfortunately quite slippery and many links have already been taken down! So those links that I do put up you owe it to yourself and truth seekers to save those links! I even anticipated in my very first paragraph of this entry that they would do this. Whatever they are after it certainly doesn’t’ look like its truth.
I would encourage you to click on the link to verify before the link is mysteriously taken down. Unfortunately, many of those who follow the Salafi denomination of Ahl Sunnah, are quite ignorant in terms of actual historical criticism of hadith
Also many among the Salafi denomination imitate the Shi’i denomination’s belief in “infallible imams” in that they grant the status of infallibility when it comes to the hadith canons of Bukhari and Muslim.
However, Salafi Shaykh Al Abani distanced himself from adopting a Shi’i like attitude towards Bukhari and Muslim that the majority of those from the Salafi denomination of Ahl Sunnah Islam adopted.
It is also possible that Shaykh Al Abani took Imam As Shafi’i (raheemullah) seriously when Shafi’i said, “Only Allah’s Book is perfect and free from error.” *
- source: (Narrated by al-Khatib in Mudih Awham al Jam’wal-Tafriq 1:6)
Keep in mind that Nasir Al Abani had already died before he could begin to take a part in Bukhari’s canon in a more exquisite fashion. What follows is a small taste of this Shaykh’s thoughts and attitude towards Bukhari’s hadith collection.
http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2013/03/22/was-shaykh-al-albani-the-first-to-classify-some-hadith-in-al-bukhari-as-weak/ (this link has been deleted by the Salafis!)
However, this is a new link (and one that I have captured pictures of & saved the text of).
Here is the link to the interview with the late Shaykh Al Abani. NOTE IMPORTANT! The video below had been deleted in the past by the Salafis below is the full captured text from the links that have been deleted. However, I will put up a new video link at the end of the discussion with Shaykh Al Abani. Please do make sure that you save this video before it goes missing as well!
Was Shaykh Al Albani the first to classify some Hadith in Al Bukhari as weak?
“O our Shaykh the question is; was the Shaykh preceded by anyone in declaring some Hadith in Sahih Bukhari to be weak and collecting them in a book. And if this has occurred were you preceded by some of the scholars in that? We would appreciate references. May Allah reward you with good.” -Questioner
Shaykh Al Albani:
“Define the demonstrative, “in that”; in what? Because your question contains two things. Have you been preceded in classifying some Hadith in Bukhari as weak and did you collect this in a book? So in your question, “have I been preceded in that”, what do you mean? Have I been preceded in classifying some Hadith in Bukhari as weak or have I been preceded in authoring a book containing these weak Hadith?”-Shaykh Al Albani
(Laughs) “Both? As for if I was preceded in classifying some Hadith found in Bukhari as weak then this is a reality which is obligatory to acknowledge and it is not permissible to deny it; and there are numerous reasons for this.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“First of all; all the Muslims whether they are from the scholars, the students of knowledge, or the ignorant Muslims; they are all in agreement that there is no one who is infallible in this religion except the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings are upon him.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“Moreover, from this, we also understand another undeniable conclusion and that is any book that crosses the mind of a Muslim or any book title that he hears of, even before he reads the manuscript, it is incumbent that he must have firmly established in his mind that this book will surely contain some errors in it. Because the aforementioned belief states that no one will obtain infallibility except for the Messenger of Allah peace and blessing are upon him.”-Shaykh Al Albani”And on this note, it has been narrated that Imam Shafi’i, may Allah be pleased with him said, “Allah has refused to perfect any book except for His own.” –Shaykh Al Albani
“So this is the truth, it is not debatable. So this it the first affair, this is the principle.:-Shaykh Al Albani
“As for the applied science concerning this matter; then we, due to the virtue of Allah upon us and upon the people, but most of the people do not know, but most of the people are not grateful. Allah the Exalted has given me firmness in the study of Hadith…its foundation matters, subsidiary matters, its criticisms, and collections to the extent that I became grounded with a high level in this science due to the virtue of Allah and His mercy. Also, I know the authentic hadiths from the weak, from the fabricated due to my studies of this science. I applied this study to some of the Hadiths that appear in Sahih Al Bukhari. Thus I found that the result of this study that there are some Hadiths that are not considered to be on the grade of Hasan much less the level of Sahih, in Sahih Al Bukhari not to mention Sahih Muslim.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“This is my answer to that which relates to me, myself. As for that which relates to other than me, from that which came in your question; has anyone proceeded me? Then I say: All praises belong to Allah. I have been preceded by many people who are more grounded and more knowledgeable than me concerning this noble science and preceding me by almost one thousand years.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“Imam Daraqutni and others have scrutinized Sahih Al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim concerning dozens of Hadiths. As for me, then I did not reach the extent of criticizing dozens of Hadiths. That is because during this time I am not able to devote myself to criticizing the Hadiths in Al Bukhari then the Hadiths in Muslim, that is because we are in greater need to scrutinize the Hadiths found in the four Sunan not to mention the chains of narration, terminology and the like in order to ascertain the authentic from the weak. As for Al Bukhari and Muslim then they both performed the task of purifying the Hadiths that are collected in their two books, from the hundreds of thousands of Hadiths. And this effort was extremely tremendous. For this reason, it is not from knowledge or wisdom that I focus on criticizing Sahih Al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim and leaves alone the Hadiths found in the four Sunan and other than them, where it is not known if they are authentic or weak.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“But during my knowledge-based research, I passed over some Hadiths in Sahih Al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim or in one of them and it was revealed to me that there are some Hadiths that are weak. But whoever is in doubt about what I judge concerning some Hadiths then return to the explanation of Sahih Al Bukhari and he will find plenty of things criticized by Al Hafidh Ahmad ibn Hajr Al ‘Asqalaani; the one who is rightfully called the leader of the believer’s of Hadith. The one who I believe; and I believe everyone who participates in the science will agree with me, that no woman gave birth to the likes of him after him. This is Imaam Ahmad ibn Hajr Al ‘Asqalaani, he clarifies during his explanation many mistakes in the Hadiths of Al Bukhari. He not only address that which is not found in the Hadiths of Sahih Muslim rather (he also addresses) what appears in some of the reports and some of the chain of narrations.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“The criticism found in the Hadiths of Sahih Al Bukhari is sometimes related to the entire Hadith, meaning it is said; this Hadith is weak. And sometimes the criticism is concerning a portion of the Hadith. The origin of the Hadith is authentic but there is a part of it that is not authentic.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“An example of the first type is the Hadith of ibn Abbass; he said: “The Prophet, prayers and peace are upon him, married Maimunah while in a state of Ihram.” This Hadith is not from the Hadiths which is only found in Sahih Al Bukhari and not Sahih Muslim, rather they both agreed upon the narration of the Hadith in their books. And the reason for this is the report of this Hadith comes from the narrator and he is Abdullah ibn Abbas, and he is morally impeccable. Thus the chain of narration is authentic; no one can criticize its narrator. Whereas there are other Hadith where there is room to criticize the Hadith just from the standpoint of the narrator.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“An example from the men of Al Bukhari, there is a man named: Fulaih bin Sulaiman. Ibn Hajr described him, in his book Al Taqreeeb, as Sadooq (one who is a level below reliable) with a bad memory. Therefore if this person narrates a Hadith in Sahih Al Bukari, as a lone narrator and it is not supported by a Mutabi’ah (Two or more Hadith which are the same, narrated by the same Companion, while the rest of the men in the chain are different) nor it is supported by a Shaahid (Two or more Hadith which are the same narrated by different Companions) then his Hadith remains at the level of weak, that which can be strengthened with a Mutabi’ah or a Shaahid.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“As for the Hadith of Maimunah, that the Messenger of Allah prayers and peace are upon him, married her while he was in a state of Ihram, there is no room to criticize the chain of narration due to the lone narration as in the case of Fulaih bin Sulaiman for example. No, all of the people in the chain of narration are reliable and trustworthy. For that reason you do not find those who criticize this Hadith from the scholars, who preceded us by generations, that they found an angle to criticize this Hadith except concerning the first narrator in the Hadith, ibn Abbass and he is a noble Companion.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“They said this was a surmise from ibn Abbass and that is because he was young; from one standpoint. And from another standpoint, in his narration his contradicted the person in the Hadith, meaning the wife of the Prophet prayers and peace are upon him, who was Maimunah. As it has been authentically narrated from her the Prophet prayers and peace are upon him, married her while neither of them was in a state of Ihram. Therefore this Hadith was the surmise of the first narrator, him being ibn Abbass. Thus this Hadith is weak. And it is as you see; a limited number of words. “He married Maimunah while is a state of Ihram.” Four words (in the original Arabic) “He married Maimunah while is a state of Ihram.” -Shaykh Al Albani
“Similar to this Hadith and perhaps it is longer, there is another example in Sahih Al Bukhari”-Shaykh Al Albani
“The second category: The Hadith could be in its origin authentic, but one of the narrators erred by inserting in the text a sentence that was not from the Hadith of the Prophet, prayers, and peace be upon him.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“An example of that is the well-known Hadith in Sahih Al Bukhari that the Prophet, prayers and peace are upon him said: “Verily my nation will come on the Day of Judgment with bright streaks of light from the traces of wudu.” -Shaykh Al Albani
“Up until this point, the Hadith is authentic, and it has many supporting Hadiths. One of the narrators in Sahih Al Bukhari added: “Thus whoever is able to extend his streaks then let him do so”. Al Hafidh bin Hajr Al Asqalaani, and Ibn Al Qayyim Al Jawziyah, and his Shaykh ibn Al Taymiyyah, and Al Hafidh Al Muntharee, and other scholars have said this addition was inserted and it is not from the speech of the Messenger of Allah, prayers, and peace are upon him; rather it is from the speech of Abu Huraira.”-Shaykh Al Albani
“Thus the answer is complete in reference to the first condition, meaning I criticized some Hadiths and I have been proceeded by many Imaams. As for did I or someone other than me author a book (surrounding this topic) then I did not author a book. As for other than me, then they have authored books, but we are not able to mention a book today in this regard. This is the answer to what you asked.” -Shaykh Al Albani
Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee
NOTE IMPORTANT. This is a link to the video that was deleted above. Please do your self a favour and save this video before it becomes missing to or they take it down!
Salafi Shaykh Nasir Al Abani has said that Bukhari has weak hadith and errors in its text. In many ways the Shakyh made it sound like it was a matter of Iman (of faith) to recognize that before even picking up Bukhari, acquiring Arabic, hadith sciences, and so forth that as a matter of Iman (faith) one can know that Bukhari has mistakes!
Look what he says above: “Another undeniable conclusion and that is, any book that crosses the mind of a Muslim, or any book title that he hears of, even before he reads the manuscript, it is INCUMBENT that he MUST have FIRMLY ESTABLISHED in his mind that this book WILL SURELY contain some errors in it.”
Also, note that the Shaykh made the following statement:
“As for me, then I did not reach the extent of criticizing dozens of Hadiths. That is because during this time I am not able to devote myself to criticizing the Hadiths in Al Bukhari then the Hadiths in Muslim…”
But just in the small amount of time, he did allot to it it was enough for him to find weak hadith and mistakes in Bukhari.
For a more detailed analysis and break down of one of the very obvious mistakes in Bukhari I would point the reader to the entry here: https://primaquran.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/2-patently-false-hadiths-in-sahih-bukhari-ibn-abbas-and-the-marriage-of-maimuna/
Also, the following is fascinating:
“ So other scholars have said this addition was inserted and it is not from the speech of the Messenger of Allah, prayers, and peace are upon him; rather it is from the speech of Abu Huraira.”
Please also keep in mind that Shaykh Nasiruddin al-Albani is the Imam of Hadith for the Salafiyya. Nothing proves that more than the following interaction between Bin Baaz, Al al-Albani, and Uthaymeen.