Fabricated Traditions and Final Word
The aforementioned traditions were but a small part of numerous fabricated traditions on the excellences of caliphs. Some Sunni scholars have mentioned part of these fabricated traditions in their books on fabricated traditions. These books include among others al-Mawdu'at by Ibn Jawzi, al-Kamil by Ibn Udai, Mizan al-Itidal by Dahabi, al-Lu'ali al-Masnu'a by Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, Lisan al-Mizan by Ibn Hajr and Tanzih al-Shari'a by Ibn 'Arraq.
Despite all these, the said scholars refuse to admit that the traditions available in Sihah Sitta, specially Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim are fabricated. This is because these two books have a high status in their eyes.
In our researches, we have studied part of the traditions of Sahih Bukahri and Sahih Muslim with the aim to show that these two books, like every other book, contain authentic and unauthentic traditions. In our previous works that are even published, we have dealt with this issue in a rather detailed manner. We thank Allah because of doing all this.
These traditions are however false and fabricated and their mention in Sahih Bukhari or Sahih Muslim does not change anything.
The aim of the fabricators of these traditions is not something that is veiled from the viewpoint of scholars. The Sunni scholars who support caliphate know very well about what happened after the demise of the Holy Prophet (S). They also know that Allah has not provided them with any reason to prove their point of view. That is why they deem it necessary in the past and they feel it is necessary to day to justify the issue of caliphate [on the basis of something that is related to revelation]. But no one can amend [overnight] what time has corrupted in ages!
May Allah bless Muhammad and his progeny!