Asalamu alaykum akhi, Nope I wasn't - could you expand on what you mentioned? I am more interested in what Shaykh Abu Ya'la al Khalil ibn 'Abd Allah al Khalili al Qazwini's status is as an authority on Hadith. What did the Ulema say about his scholarship in this field? The reason is that some "salafi" whilst pathetically trying to discredit the authenticity of a certain hadith recently came out with the following excuse: "However, al-Khalili, with all due respect to him, is not a major authority on names of narrators; unlike, say, al-Bukhair himself, or Ibn Abi Hatim. Both of these authorites, who were two centuries earlier than al-Khalili, considered Malik [al-Dar] to be unknown." Now, of course I know that the "salafi" is talking nonsense but I would be grateful if anyone has a short biography of the shaykh or anything relevant to his status as a scholar of hadith. JazakAllah khair. Wasalam.