in the Qur'an, Hadith, History
Malik b. Isma`il b. Dirham, Abu Ghassan al-Nahdi al-Kufi
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Abi Dawud Bukhari Darimi Ibn Majah Muslim Nasa'i Tirmidhi
76. Malik ibn Isma`il ibn Ziyad ibn Dirham Abu Hasan al-Kufi al-Hindi
He is one of Bukhari's mentors as stated in the latter's Sahih. Ibn Sa`d mentions him on page 282, Vol. 6, of his Tabaqat. He concludes by saying that "Abu Ghassan is trustworthy, truthful, a very staunch Shi`a." Al-Dhahabi mentions him in his Mizan, which proves his reliability and prestige, stating that the man has learned the teachings of the sect of Shi`ism from his mentor al-Hasan ibn Salih, that Ibn Ma`in has said that nobody in Kufa is more accurate in reporting hadith than Abu Ghassan, and that Abu satim has said: "Whenever I look at him, he seems as though he has just left his grave, with two marks of prostration stamped on his forehead."
Al-Bukhari has quoted him directly in many chapters of his Sahih. Muslim has quoted his hadith on criminal penalties in his own Sahih as transmitted by Harun ibn `Abdullah. Those who narrate his hadith in Bukhari are: Ibn `Ayinah, `Abdul-Aziz ibn Abu Salamah, and Isra'il. Both al-Bukhari and Muslim quote his hadith from Zuhayr ibn Mu`awiyah. He died, may Allah have mercy on him, in Kufa in 219.
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Ibn Hibban has considered him reliable.
[Tahdhib al-Tahdhib, Ibn Hajar al-`Asqalani, Shihab al-Din Ahmad b. Nur al-Din `Ali, Abu al-Fadl al-Shafi`i, Haydarabad: Da'irat al-ma`arif al-nizamiyyah (12 vols), 1325-7 AH, v. 1, p. 3 ]
Ibn Ma`in said: There is no one with more mastery [over hadith] than him in al-Kufah. Ibn Shaybah said: He is reliable, correct in his hadith and from the pious people. Al-Nasa'i, Murrah and Abu Hatim have considered him reliable. Ibn Hibban and Ibn Shahin have considered him reliable.
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