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Salamun alaykum,

	The reply to the following question was kindly provided by Dr. 
Takim.

Wasalaam,

Mustafa Rawji
Moderator, 'Aalim Network

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QUESTION:

Salam Alaikum.

It shall be much appreciated if you may kindly throw some light on the
subject of Mutawatir Hadith as to what is the definition and what is the
root word in Arabic for this and if a certain Hadith is Mutawatir , does
it also mean that it is more strong and more accepted. 

Thank you.
Was-salam.
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ANSWER:

Salaamun 'alaykum,

In his Awa'il Maqalat, Shaykh al-Mufid defines mutawattir traditions as
"transmission by such a number of transmitters that they could not have
agreed to fabricate such a tradition without the fact of it's fabrication
becoming known". 

Moreover, not only have such traditions been narrated by many
transmitters, they have also been successively transmitted without any
break in the isnad (chain of transmission). 

For example, the event of Ghadir where the Prophet (SAW) explicitly
appointed Imam Ali (AS) to be his successor is a mutawwatir tradition. 

Mutawwatir traditions are much more reliable than the ahad (singular) 
traditions which are reported by just one transmitter. Most of the ahadith
are of the latter genre. 

Fi amanillah

Liyakatali Takim

	


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