Shaykh al-Albaani: Is a muhaddith also a faqeeh? And what exactly is fiqh?


Precious Gems from the works of Shaikh Al-Albaani

IS A MUHADDITH ALSO A FAQEEH? AND WHAT EXACTLY IS FIQH?
al-asalaah 7, p. 71/3
asaheeha translations

Q: “What relation does the science of fiqh have with the science of hadeeth? And is it necessary for a muhaddith (scholar of hadeeth) to be a faqeeh (scholar of fiqh), or just a muhaddith?”

Shaykh al-Albaani:

A faqeeh must be a muhaddith, but a muhaddith does not have to be a faqeeh because a muhaddith is naturally a faqeeh. Did the Companions of the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to study fiqh or not? And what was the fiqh that they used to study? It was what they used to take from the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), hence they would study hadeeth.

As for these fuqahaa who study the statements of the scholars and their

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