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The Sahih and the Hasan Hadeeth
Question:

What is a Sahih Hadeeth? What is a Hasan Hadeeth? And which one is binding, meaning, which one must we apply to?
Answer:

The difference between the two is that the Sahih Hadeeth that which is narrated by a trustworthy and completely precise narrator, with a connected chain that is safe from being Shath (an oddity) and from any damaging deficiency.

The Hasan Hadeeth is that which is narrated by a trustworthy narrator, and he has the same, with the exception of the precision, which is not a condition for a Hasan Hadeeth. So we may define it by saying it is that which is reported by trustworthy narrators, who have nominal precision, with a connected chain, that is safe from any Shath (oddity) and from any damaging deficiency.

Both categories, the Sahih and the Hasan are used as a proof and are to be acted upon.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah, Vol. 7, Page 162, DARUSSALAM
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