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The Weak Hadith
Question:

Please refer me to a book that contains many weak and rejected Hadiths, so that by knowing them, I can be wary of them.
Answer:

I advise you not to read weak and rejected Hadiths, for only the people of knowledge – those who can distinguish between the authentic and the weak – may read them. I advise you to read Riyaadh As-Saliheen, a precious book whose author strived to present only Sahih and Hasan Hadiths, while avoiding those Hadiths that are weak, and he introduces most of his chapters with a verse from the Qur’aan.

A beginner, one who is in the early stages of seeking Islamic knowledge, must not try to read every kind of book because he will not be able to make sense of it all, and as a result, he will begin to have doubts that will only be problematic to him in the end. Read only that which is authentic, and if you wish to read, read Al-Lulu’ Wal-Marjan, a book that contains all the Hadiths that Al-Bukhari and Muslim agreed upon. This book contains the most authentic narrations that have been related from the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam, it is a very precious and beneficial book. And Allaah Almighty knows best.

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Islamiyah vol.7, p.181, DARUSSALAM
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