Ibn Al-Jaarood's Muntaqa is regarded among the Saheeh Hadeeth literature
Fatwa No: 300238

  • Fatwa Date:31-8-2015 - Thul-Qi'dah 17, 1436
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Question

Who was Hafiz Abu Muhammad Abdullah bin Ali Ibn Al-Jarud An-Nisaburi? What was the objective and authenticity of Ahadith in his book Al-Muntaqa Fil-Ahkam? Does a scholar mentioning that he recorded a Hadith indicate that he authenticated it like Ibn Khuzaymah, Al-Hakim or Ibn Hibban?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

Ath-Thahabi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him included Imaam Ibn Al-Jaarood's biography in his Siyar A‘laam An-Nubalaa’ saying: “Ibn Al-Jaarood, Abu Muhammad, ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Ali was the author of the book entitled Al-Muntaqa fi-s-Sunan, a volume in the Sharee'ah rulings. The Hadeeth reports in it do not sink below the degree of Hasan (good), except rarely with Hadeeth reports which the critics have differed in opinion about. He was born around 230 A.H ... He was called the Imaam Abu Muhammad ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Ali ibn Al-Jaarood An-Naysaaboori, the Haafidh (great Hadeeth scholar), who stayed for many years in Makkah. He was a leading scholar in Hadeeth ... Al-Haakim and others praised him. He died in the year 307 A.H.” [End of quote]

Imaam Ibn Al-Jaarood was committed to including only authentic Hadeeth reports in his Muntaqa and he arranged the book's reports according to the subjects of Fiqh (jurisprudence). Al-Kattaani said in his Ar-Risaalah Al-Mustatrafah: “…among which are books whose authors' criteria was to include only authentic reports in them aside from what was mentioned above, like the Muwatta’ and the two Saheeh books of Al-Bukhari and Muslim.” Then he mentioned other ones like the Saheehs of Ibn Khuzaymah and Ibn Hibbaan, and others. Then he said: “…and Al-Muntaqa, i.e. a selection of the Sunan traditions confirmed about the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) about the Sharee'ah rulings, by Abu Muhammad ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Ali Al-Jaarood An-Naysaaboori, the Haafidh who studied at Makkah, and who died in 306 or 307 A.H. It is like the Mustakhraj ‘ala Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah in a small volume and its Hadeeth reports amount to about 800. They were further investigated and it was found that he rarely included anything to the exclusion of Al-Bukhari and Muslim. There is also a commentary on the Muntaqa entitled 'Al-Murtaqa' by Abu ‘Amr Al-Andalusi.” [End of quote]

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