His full name is Abu al Fadl ‘Ayyad ibn Musa al Maliki (d. 544 A.H).
The narration is found in the book of Qadi ‘Ayyad, al Shifa’ fi Huquq al Mustafa (vol. 1 pg. 255). Qadi ‘Ayyad is considered a great scholar amongst the Ahlus Sunnah. He is accepted as a reliable person by us. Despite this, the author of ‘Abaqat added a fourteen page discussion to prove his status and highlight his accolades. What was the need for this? What was the need for adding such a lengthy discussion proving the status of someone who we have already accepted as a great scholar?
The scholars are aware of the fact that al Shifa’ neither has the asanid of the narrations mentioned therein, nor are their references given. Therefore, in his attempt to prove that the hadith of Thaqalayn is mutawatir by its text and its meaning, the author of ‘Abaqat wasted his time adding al Shifa’ to his list of references, which neither has the asanid of the narrations mentioned therein, nor are there references given to any Muhaddith. The author only quotes ahadith, he does not narrate them. It is necessary to prove this narration using a sahih isnad from a reputable Muhaddith. Merely quoting secondary sources does not serve the purpose, and are thus not in need of any reply.
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