The five conditions for accepting hadīth

أولا: عدالة الرواة (transmitters being just)

والثاني: ضبطهم (them being accurate)

والثالث: اتصال السند (a connected chain of transmission)

والرابع: السلامة من الشذوذ (being free from contrasting narration(s) that is/are more authentic

والخامس: السلامة من العلة (having no hidden defects)

Source: Sharh usool al-sunnah by Shaikh ‘Ubaid al-Jābirī حفظه الله

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