The Ghareeb (what’s been narrated by one person) and Musalsal (serialised) Hadith


(15) Al-Ghareeb:

It is opposite to Al-Mashhoor (what’s been narrated by more than three people). So sometimes the Gharaabah (Singularity) is in the text, and sometimes it’s in the chain…..And Al-Ghareeb could be applied to what is authentic, and upon what is not authentic. And At-Taffarud (Being Singular) is what a person singularly narrates from a specific Shaykh. As is said:

“None narrated it from Sufyaan except Ibn Mahdi”,


“None narrated it from Ibn Jurayj except Ibn Al-Mubaarak.”

(16) Al-Musalsal:

What’s chain is upon one description in all levels (of chain), like a Silsilah (a series) with “I heard “, or a Silsilah with Awaliyyah (First Hadeeth taught) to Sufyaan (Ibn Uyainah)

And majority of the Musalsalaat (Serialised Hadiths) are weak, and most of them are false, due to the lying of their narrators. And the strongest of them is:

  • Musalsal with the reading of Surah As-Saff,


  • Musalsal with Damascenes


  • Musalsal with Egyptians,


  • Musalsal with people of the name ‘Muhammad’ until Ibn Shihaab.

Benefited from: Shaykh, the Allamah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abu Abdirrahman Yahya bin Ali Al-Hajuri – may Allah preserve him.


Translated by: Abū ‘Abdillāh ‘Omar bin Yahya Al-‘Akawi