[By Maulana Zakariyya Kandlawi Rahimahullah]
Occasionally, the Hanafi school of thought awards preference to those hadiths which have a weaker chain of narrators or even to those hadiths whose chains of narration may not be as superior to the others. This is so because the narrations may possess some other more superior preferential factors. For example, the fact that a hadith is in greater conformance with the text of the Qur’an is one of the most noteworthy preferential factors that render a particular hadith superior to those that contradict it, according to the Hanafi school.
This makes a great deal of sense, because the words of many of the hadiths are not the actual words of Allah’s Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi Wasallam . In most cases, they are the words of the narrators who narrated the meaning of the hadith, On the other hand, the words of …
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