Imaam Abu Khaithama Zuhair Ibn Harb an-Nasaa’ee

Author: Imaam Muhammad Naasir-ud-Deen al-Albaanee

Source: His checking of the book "Kitaab-ul-'Ilm" (pg. 3)
Translator: Abu Maryam Isma’eel Alarcon

Published: Wednesday 5th August, 2015

He was Abu Khaithama Zuhair Ibn Harb Ibn Shadaad An-Nasaa’ee. [1] He was a great Haafidh, reliable in narration and firm in memory.

He narrated hadeeth from many scholars, the likes of Sufyaan Ibn 'Uyainah, Hushaim Ibn Basheer, Yahyaa Ibn Sa'eed Al-Qattaan, 'Abd-ur-Rahmaan Ibn Mahdee, Wakee' and many others.

Similarly, many scholars narrated from him, such as Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim, the latter of whom reported so many hadeeth on his authority, that they number past a thousand. [2]

The scholars agree unanimously upon his reliability and trustworthiness (in the field of hadeeth).

Ibn Hibbaan (رحمه الله) said of him:

"He was precise and accurate in memory. And he was one of the close companions of Ahmad and Yahyaa Ibn Ma'een."

Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee (رحمه الله) said:

"He was reliable, trustworthy, possessed good memory and he was precise (in narration)." [3]

He was born in the year 160H and died in the year 234H. May Allaah have mercy on him.


[1] With a fat-ha on the Noon (An "a" after the "n"). This is an ascription to a city that was near Khuraasaan, called Nasaa. People from there attribute themselves to it with "Naswee" also.

[2] Translator’s Note: This includes his son, Abu Bakr, Ahmad bin Abee Khaithama, may Allaah have mercy on him. He was from Baghdad. He authored the book at-Taareekh al- Kabeer.

Ad-Daraqutnee said about him:

“He was reliable and trustworthy.”

Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee said:

“He was a reliable scholar, a precise Haafidh, knowledgeable of the history of people and the narrations of poetry. He studied hadeeth under Ahmad bin Hanbal and Ibn Ma’een. He died in the month of Jumaadal-Oolaa, 289H at the age of 94 years.”

[3] Taareekh Baghdaad (8/482).


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