Abu Amr Al-Awzaa’i (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said:

“Learn that which will not be relied upon, just as you learn that which will be relied upon” [1, 2].


[1] Tareekh Ibn ‘Asaakir 35/186

[2] This statement was brought by a number of scholars when speaking about learning and having knowledge of the weak and fabricated traditions and narrators. Ibn ‘Abdilbar (May Allah shower him with Mercy) in ‘Jami’ Bayaan al-Ilm wa Fadlih’ 1/154  brought a similar statement from Sufyan Al-Thawri (May Allah shower him with Mercy), who said: “I like to write traditions upon three categories: A tradition which I record and wish to take it as a Religion, and a tradition from [the way of a narrator] which I stop at, neither throwing it or taking it as a Religion, and a traditions narrated by a weak narrator which I like to know, but not care for”.

Similarly, Sulayman Al-Baaji (May Allah shower him with Mercy) recorded this statement in his book ‘Al-Ta’deel wa Al-Tajreeh’ p. 266, and said: “Know that taking [knowledge of Prophetic] traditions is upon two categories: The first is to act upon it and take it as a Religion. For such narrations, one should not rely on it until he has taken it from a reliable narrator, and that reliable narrator from another reliable narrator, until it reaches the Messenger of Allah. The Second category is to take knowledge of it in order to know the reason behind its weakness. Such traditions can be taken from anyone”

قال الاوزاعي –رحمه الله-: تعلم ما لا يؤخذ به, كما تعلم ما يؤخذ به