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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Katheer bin Zayd al-Aslami


Katheer bin Zayd al-Aslami


Name:


كثير بن زيد الأسلمى السهمى ، أبو محمد ابن صافية المدنى ، مولى بنى سهم من أسلم ( و صافية أمه )



Katheer bin Zayd al-Aslami as-Sahmi, Abu Muhammad Ibn Saafiyah al-Madani, the Mawla of Bani Sahm bin Aslam (And Saafiyah is the name of his Mother)


Tabaqah: 7 - From the Major Taba Taabi'een

Death: 158 H

Narrated by: Al-Bukhaari in Juzz al-Qira'ah and Adab al-Mufrad – Abu Dawood Tirmidhi Ibn Maajah

Teachers: Ishaaq bin Abdullah bin Ja’far Abi Taalib, Khaarijah bin Zayd bin Thaabit, Rubayh bin Abdur Rahmaan bin Abi Sa’eed al-Khudri, Saalim bin Abdullah bin Umar, Sa’eed bin Abi Sa’eed al-Maqburi, Abdur Rahmaan bin Ka’b bin Maalik, Umar bin Abdul Azeez, Naafi’ Mawla Ibn Umar, Al-Waleed bin Katheer, Muhammad bin Umar bin Ali bin Abi Taalib al-Qurashi, Muslim bin Abi Maryam, Waleed bin Rabaah al-Madani and others.

Students: Haatim bin Ismaa’eel, Hammaad bin Zayd, Sufyaan bin Hamzah al-Aslami, Sulemaan bin Bilaal, Abdul Azeez bin Abi Haazim, Abdul Azeez bin Muhammad ad-Daraawardi, Eesa bin Yoonus, Maalik bin Anas, Muhammad bin Ismaa’eel bin Abi Fudayk, Muhammad bin Umar al-Waaqidi, Wakee’ bin al-Jarraah, Abu Bakr az-Zubayri, Abu Bakr al-Hanafi, Abu Aamir al-Aqadi and others.

Status: Sadooq, Hasan ul-Hadeeth

Opinions of Ahl ul-Jarh wat Ta’deel:

Those who praised him:

1-    Imaam Daar al-Hijrah Maalik bin Anas al-Madani (D. 179) has narrated from Katheer bin Zayd.
[See, Tahdheeb al-Kamaal fi Asmaa ur-Rijaal by al-Mizzi (24/113), Taareekh Dimashq by Ibn Asaakir (50/21), Taareekh al-Islaam by Dhahabi (309), Tahdheeb at-Tahdheeb by Ibn Hajar (8/414)]

And this is a Tawtheeq for Katheer by Imaam Maalik because it is known that he does not narrate except from the one who is Thiqah according to him.

Imaam Ibn Hibbaan said about Imaam Maalik:

وَأعْرض عَمَّن لَيْسَ بِثِقَة فِي الحَدِيث وَلم يكن يروي إِلَّا مَا صَحَّ وَلَا يحدث إِلَّا عَنْ ثِقَة
“And he refrained from those who were not Thiqah in Hadeeth, and he did not narrate except that which was authentic (according to him) and neither did he narrate except from Thiqah narrator (according to him)”
[ Ath-Thiqaat by Ibn Hibbaan (7/459)]

Imaam Ibn Abdil Barr said:

لَا يَضُرُّ إِذَا كَانَ أَصْلُ مَذْهَبِهِ أَنْ لَا يَأْخُذَ إِلَّا عَنْ ثِقَةٍ كَمَالِكٍ وَشُعْبَةَ
“This is not harmful especially when the asal of his Madhab is not to take narration from anyone except a Thiqah such as Maalik and Shu’bah”
[ Al-Tamheed by Ibn Abdil Barr (1/17)]

At another place, he said:

وَمَالِكٌ لَا يَرْوِي إِلَّا عَنْ ثِقَةٍ
“And Maalik does not narrate except from one who is Thiqah (according to him)”
[ Al-Tamheed by Ibn Abdil Barr (13/188)]

There are many other similar sayings from the Muhadditheen concerning Imaam Maalik, and they have also authenticated many narrators just because Imaam Maalik narrated from them.

2-    Imaam Ahmed bin Hanbal (D. 241) said:

مَا أرى بِهِ بَأْس
“I do not see anything wrong in him”
[ Al-Ilal wa Ma'rifat ur-Rijaal by Ahmed, narrated by Abdullah (2/317)]

Note: This is a phrase of Tawtheeq spoken for someone lower in rank than Thiqah but higher in rank than Da’eef i.e. this phrase is spoken for someone at least at the level of Hasan ul-Hadeeth and that is why Muhadditheen have considered it to be a phrase of Tawtheeq. That is also why, Haafidh Noor ud-Deen al-Haythami said about Katheer bin Zayd:

كَثِيرُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ وَثَّقَهُ أَحْمَدُ
“Katheer bin Zayd is declared Thiqah by Ahmed”
[Majma az-Zawaaid (4/14), (4/66), (5/245), (8/5)]

3-    Imaam Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Ammaar al-Mawsali (D. 242) said:

كثير بن زيد ثقة
“Katheer bin Zayd is Thiqah”
[Tahdheeb al-Kamaal (15/357) & Taareekh Dimashq by Ibn Asaakir (50/24), Chain Saheeh]

4-    Imaam Muhammad bin Ismaa’eel al-Bukhaari (D. 256) authenticated his hadeeth and said while discussing its chain:

هَذَا حَدِيثٌ صَحِيحٌ وَكَثِيرُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ قَدْ سَمِعَ مِنَ الوَلِيدِ بْنِ رَبَاحٍ
“This hadeeth is Saheeh and Katheer bin Zayd has heard directly from Al-Waleed bin Rabaah”
[ Sunan at-Tirmidhi (H. 1579)]

5-    Imaam Al-Tirmidhi (D. 279) authenticated his hadeeth saying:

وَهَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ غَرِيبٌ
“This hadeeth is Hasan Ghareeb”
[ Sunan at-Tirmidhi (H. 1579, 2019, 3393)]

6-    Imaam Abu Ja’far Muhammad bin Jareer at-Tabari (D. 310) declared a chain containing Katheer bin Zayd to be Saheeh.

Imaam At-Tabari named a chapter in his book:

ذِكْرُ بَعْضِ مَا حَضَرَنَا ذِكْرُهُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ مِمَّا صَحَّ سَنَدُهُ
“Some of his mention from that which we received with Saheeh chain
[Tahdheeb al-Athaar Musnad Umar by at-Tabari (2/790)]

And then he narrated the hadeeth of Katheer bin Zayd under this chapter, which denotes that its chain is Saheeh according to him [See, 2/794 H. 1117]

7-    Imaam Ibn Khuzaymah (D. 311) has narrated several narrations from him in his Saheeh and has taken evidence from them.
[ Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah (H. 10, 392, 1325, 1884, 1888)]

8-    Imaam Ibn Hibbaan (D. 354) authenticated his narrations in his Saheeh.
[ Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan (H. 5091, 6759, 7262)]

Imaam Ibn Hibbaan has also mentioned him in his ath-Thiqaat
[7/354 T. 10411]

9-    Imaam Abu Ahmed bin Adee al-Jarjaani (D. 365) said:

ولم أر بحديثه بأسا وَأَرْجُو أَنَّهُ لا بَأْسَ بِهِ
“I do not see anything wrong in his hadeeth, and I hope there is nothing wrong in him”
[ Al-Kaamil by Ibn Adee (7/207)]

10-          Imaam Abu Abdullah al-Haakim al-Neesaaboori (D. 405) said while discussing a hadeeth:

«كَثِيرُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ، وَأَبُو عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الْقَرَّاظُ مَدَنِيَّانِ لَا نَعْرِفُهُمَا إِلَّا بِالصِّدْقِ، وَهَذَا حَدِيثٌ صَحِيحٌ وَلَمْ يُخَرِّجَاهُ»
“Katheer bin Zayd and Abu Abdullah al-Qarraaz are both Madani, they are not known except with truthfulness, and this hadeeth is Saheeh and they did not narrate it”
[ Al-Mustadrak Ala as-Saheehayn by al-Haakim (H. 790)]

At another place, he said:

«فَأَمَّا الشَّيْخَانِ فَإِنَّهُمَا لَمْ يُخَرِّجَا عَنْ كَثِيرِ بْنِ زَيْدٍ وَهُوَ شَيْخٌ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْمَدِينَةِ مِنْ أَسْلَمَ كُنْيَتُهُ أَبُو مُحَمَّدٍ لَا أَعْرِفُهُ يُجْرَحُ فِي الرِّوَايَةِ، وَإِنَّمَا تَرَكَاهُ لِقِلَّةِ حَدِيثِهِ وَاللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ»
“As for Shaykhayn, they did not narrate from Katheer bin Zayd, and he is a Shaykh from the people of Madeenah from Aslam, his Kunyah is Abu Muhammad; I do not know of any criticism in his narration, and he was abandoned merely because of less number of his narrations, wallahu a’lam”
[ Al-Mustadrak Ala as-Saheehayn by al-Haakim (H. 146)]

Note: It should be noted that Imaam Haakim is only Mutasaahil in the Tasheeh (i.e. Authentication) of narrations, but NOT in doing Jarh and Ta’deel on narrators. Moreover, he is also followed by the Jumhoor.

Imaam al-Haakim also authenticated his narrations by saying:

هَذَا حَدِيثٌ صَحِيحُ الْإِسْنَادِ وَلَمْ يُخَرِّجَاهُ
“The chain of this hadeeth is Saheeh, and it is not narrated by them”
[ Al-Mustadrak Ala as-Saheehayn by al-Haakim (H. 3656, 6787, 6965, 7602, 7932, 7936, 8329, 8571, 8576)]

11-          Abu al-Fadl Muhammad bin Taahir al-Maqdisi (D. 507) said:

وَكثير لابأس بِهِ
“And there is nothing wrong in Katheer”
[ Dhakheerat al-Huffaadh (2/782)]

12-          Imaam Abdul Adheem bin Abdul Qawi al-Mundhiri (D. 656) authenticated his hadeeth saying:

وَإسْنَاد أَحْمد جيد
“And the chain of Ahmed is strong”
[Al-Targheeb wal Tarheeb (2/143)]

And the chain of Ahmed (22/425 H. 14563) contains Katheer bin Zayd in it.

At another place, he authenticated his hadeeth saying:

رَوَاهُ أَحْمد بِإِسْنَاد حسن
“It is narrated by Ahmed with a Hasan chain”
[Al-Targheeb wal Tarheeb (4/128)]

And the chain of Ahmed (22/426 H. 14564) contains Katheer bin Zayd.

13-          Imaam Zayaa al-Maqdisi (D. 643) authenticated his narrations in Al-Mukhtaarah
[ Al-Ahaadeeth al-Mukhtaarah (3/259, 9/149)]

Note: The authentication of a narration is the authentication of all its narrators. The details on this issue can be seen HERE.

14-          Haafidh Abdul Mu’min bin Khalf ad-Dimyaati (D. 705) authenticated his hadeeth saying:

رواه أحمد بإسناد حسن
“It is narrated by Ahmed with a Hasan chain”
[Al-Matjar ir-Raabih fi Thawaab al-Amal is-Saalih (P. 914 H. 1953)]

15-          Haafidh Ibn Abdil Haadi (D. 744) authenticated his hadeeth saying:

هذا إسنادٌ حسنٌ
“This chain is Hasan”
[ Tanqeeh al-Tahqeeq by Ibn Abdil Haadi (4/595)]

16-          Imaam Shams ud-Deen adh-Dhahabi (D. 748) authenticated his hadeeth saying:

إِسْنَادُهُ صَالِحٌ
“Its chain is Saalih”
[ Mu’jam ash-Shuyookh al-Kabeer by Dhahabi (2/379)]

Similarly, while grading another hadeeth of Katheer bin Zayd, Imaam Dhahabi said the same:

قلت: إِسْنَادُهُ صَالِحٌ
“I say: Its chain is Saalih”
[Al-Muhadhdhab fi Ikhtisaar as-Sunan al-Kubra lil Bayhaqi (4/1683 H. 7316)]

17-          Haafidh Ibn Muflih al-Hanbali (D. 763) declared a Munfarid narration of Katheer bin Zayd to be “Hasan”
[See, Al-Aadaab ash-Sharee’ah (1/394)]

Note: Authenticating a Munfarid narration of a narrator is the same as declaring him reliable, as Imaam Taqi ud-Deen Ibn Daqeeq ul-Eed rahimahullah (D. 702) said in his book “Al-Imaam”:

و أي فرق بين أن يقول: هو ثقة أو يصحح له حديث انفرد به؟
“Is there even a difference between saying ‘He is Thiqah’ and authenticating his Munfarid hadeeth?”
[Nasb ur-Raayah by az-Zayla’ee (1/149)]

18-          Haafidh Ibn Katheer ad-Dimashqi (D. 774) authenticated his hadeeth saying:

رواه أبو داود بإسناد حسن
“Abu Dawood has narrated it with a Hasan chain”
[Irshaad al-Faqeeh by Ibn Katheer (2/54)]

And the chain of Abu Dawood (# 3594) contains Katheer bin Zayd.

19-          Haafidh Ibn al-Mulaqqin authenticated his hadeeth saying:

إِسْنَاده حسن مُتَّصِل
“Its chain is Hasan Connected”
[Al-Badar al-Muneer by Ibn al-Mulaqqin (5/325) & Tuhfat al-Muhtaaj (2/29)]

And then he goes on to defend the narrators of the chain including Katheer.

20-          Haafidh Abu al-Fadl al-Iraaqi (D. 806) authenticated his hadeeth saying:

أخرجه أَبُو دَاوُد من حَدِيث أبي هُرَيْرَة بِإِسْنَاد حسن
“Abu Dawood has narrated it from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah with a Hasan chain”
[Takhreej Ahaadeeth al-Ihyaa by al-Iraaqi (1/639)]

21-          Haafidh Noor ud-Deen al-Haythami authenticated his hadeeth saying:

رَوَاهُ أَحْمَدُ، وَالْبَزَّارُ، وَرِجَالُ أَحْمَدَ ثِقَاتٌ
“It is narrated by Ahmed and Bazzaar, and the narrators of Ahmed are all Thiqah”
[Majma az-Zawaaid (4/13)]

And the narrators of Ahmed (22/425 H. 14563) include Katheer bin Zayd.

22-          Haafidh Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaani (D. 852) said:

صدوق يخطىء
“Sadooq makes mistakes”
[ Taqreeb at-Tahdheeb by Ibn Hajar]

This does not mean that he is Da’eef according to Ibn Hajar, rather the narrator who has been declared “Sadooq makes mistakes” by Ibn Hajar; it means that his mistakes are not in abundance and he is at least a Hasan ul-Hadeeth. This is also proven through another saying of Haafidh Ibn Hajar.

In Talkhees al-Habeer, Haafidh Ibn Hajar mentioned a narration of Katheer bin Zayd and said:

وَإِسْنَادُهُ حَسَنٌ لَيْسَ فِيهِ إلَّا كَثِيرُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ رَاوِيهِ عَنْ الْمُطَّلِبِ وَهُوَ صَدُوقٌ
“And its chain is Hasan, there is nothing in it except Katheer bin Zayd narrating from al-Muttalib, and he is Sadooq”
[ Al-Talkhees al-Habeer by Ibn Hajar (2/307)]

Similarly at another place, Haafidh Ibn Hajar authenticated his hadeeth, saying:

هَذَا إِسْنَادٌ صَحِيحٌ
“This chain is Saheeh”
[ Al-Mataalib al-Aaliyah by Ibn Hajar (16/142)]

At another place, he said about Katheer bin Zayd:

فَحَدِيثه حسن فِي الْجُمْلَة
“Thus his hadeeth is Hasan in entirety”
[Taghleeq at-Ta’deel (3/282)]

At another place, he authenticated his hadeeth saying:

أَخْرَجَهُ أَبُو دَاوُدَ بِإِسْنَادٍ حَسَنٍ
“It is narrated by Abu Dawood with a Hasan chain”
[Buloogh al-Maraam (1/460 H. 1549)]

And the chain of Abu Dawood (4/280 H. 4918) contains Katheer bin Zayd.

23-          Haafidh Shihaab ud-Deen al-Busayri (D. 840) authenticated his hadeeth saying:

هَذَا إِسْنَاد رِجَاله ثِقَات
“The narrators of this chain are Thiqaat”
[ Misbaah uz-Zajaajah (1/123)]

Those who criticized him:

1-    Imaam Ali bin Abdullah al-Madeeni (D. 234) said:

هُوَ صَالح وَلَيْسَ بِالْقَوِيّ
“He is Saalih and he is not strong”
[ Su'aalaat Ibn Abi Shaybah Li-Ibn al-Madeeni (1/95)]

Note: This type of Jarh is very light and Ghayr mufassar. Haafidh Ibn Hajar has said about this kind of Jarh that: “This Jarh is very light” [Hadi us-Saari: 2/397]. Moreover, this Jarh is against the Jumhoor.

2-    Imaam Abu Zur’ah ar-Raazi (D. 264) said:

هو صدوق فيه لين
“He is Sadooq, there is leniency in him”
[ Al-Jarh wat Ta'deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (7/151)]

Note: This, as well, is not a Jarh Mufassar, and in fact, it’s the lightest form of Jarh which is closer to Ta’deel.

3-    Imaam Abu Haatim ar-Raazi (D. 275) said:

صالح ليس بالقوى يكتب حديثه
“He is righteous, not a strong narrator, write his narration”
[ Al-Jarh wat Ta'deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (7/151)]

Note: Firstly, this Jarh is against the Jumhoor. These words of Abu Haatim are not acceptable against the proven Tawtheeq because he is Mutashaddid. He used to say these words frequently even for the Thiqah narrators.

Imaam Dhahabi said:

إِذَا وَثَّقَ أَبُو حَاتِمٍ رَجُلاً فَتَمَسَّكْ بِقَولِهِ، فَإِنَّهُ لاَ يُوَثِّقُ إِلاَّ رَجُلاً صَحِيْحَ الحَدِيْثِ، وَإِذَا لَيَّنَ رَجُلاً، أَوْ قَالَ فِيْهِ: لاَ يُحْتَجُّ بِهِ، فَتَوَقَّفْ حَتَّى تَرَى مَا قَالَ غَيْرُهُ فِيْهِ، فَإِنْ وَثَّقَهُ أَحَدٌ، فَلاَ تَبْنِ عَلَى تَجْرِيْحِ أَبِي حَاتِمٍ، فَإِنَّهُ مُتَعَنِّتٌ فِي الرِّجَالِ ، قَدْ قَالَ فِي طَائِفَةٍ مِنْ رِجَالِ (الصِّحَاحِ): لَيْسَ بِحُجَّةٍ، لَيْسَ بِقَوِيٍّ، أَوْ نَحْو ذَلِكَ.”
“When Abu Haatim authenticates a person then hold firm to his saying, for verily he does not authenticate a person except one who is Saheeh ul-Hadeeth; and when he weakens a person or says: ‘Evidence is not taken from him’ then abstain from him until you investigate what others said about him; so if anyone has declared that person Thiqah then do not adopt the criticism of Abu Haatim for verily he is strict about narrators; he has said about a group of reliable narrators that: ‘He is not Hujjah’, ‘He is not strong’, or similar to these”
[Siyar A’laam al-Nabula by Dhahabi (13/260)]

Imaam Zayla’ee al-Hanafi said:

قَوْلُ أَبِي حَاتِمٍ: لَا يُحْتَجُّ بِهِ، غَيْرُ قَادِحٍ أَيْضًا، فَإِنَّهُ لَمْ يَذْكُرْ السَّبَبَ، وَقَدْ تَكَرَّرَتْ هَذِهِ اللَّفْظَةُ مِنْهُ فِي رِجَالٍ كَثِيرِينَ مِنْ أصحاب الثِّقَاتِ الْأَثْبَاتِ مِنْ غَيْرِ بَيَانِ السَّبَبِ، كَخَالِدٍ الْحَذَّاءِ، وَغَيْرِهِ، وَاَللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ.
“The saying of Abu Haatim: ‘Evidence is not taken from him’ is not harmful as well, for verily he does not mention the reason; he has repeatedly used this phrase for numerous reliable and established narrators without mentioning the reason such as Khaalid al-Khada and others, wallahu a’lam”
[Nasb ur-Raayah by Zayla’ee (2/439)]

4-    Imaam Al-Nasaa’ee (D. 303) said:

كثير بن زيد ضَعِيف
“Katheer bin Zayd is Da’eef”
[ Ad-Du'afa wal Matrokeen by al-Nasaa'ee (1/89)]

Note: Imaam Nasaa’ee is also among the Mutashaddideen (Strict ones), and his Jarh is against the Jumhoor as well, therefore, unacceptable.

5-    Haafidh Ibn al-Jawzee (D. 597) mentioned him in Ad-Du’afa
[ Ad-Du'afa wal Matrokeen by Ibn al-Jawzee (3/22)]

Note: It should be noted that Imaam Ibn al-Jawzee is known for his extreme strictness. Imaam Dhahabi said about his book “Ad-Du’afa”:

وقد أورده أيضا العلامة أبو الفرج ابن الجوزي في "الضعفاء"، ولم يذكر فيه أقوال من وثقه، وهذا من عيوب كتابه، يسرد الجرح ويسكت عن التوثيق
“And al-Allaamah Abu al-Faraj Ibn al-Jawzee has also mentioned him in Ad-Du’afa but he did not mention any sayings of Tawtheeq in it, and this is one of the defects of his book, he brings only the Jarh and remains silent from the Tawtheeq”
[Meezaan al-I’tidaal (1/16)]

Contradictory Opinions:

The following saying is contradictory and is thus neutral.

Imaam Ibn Abi Khaythamah narrated that Imaam Yahya ibn Ma’een said:

ليس بذاك القوي... ليس بشيء
“He is not strong… he is nothing”
[ Taareekh Ibn Abi Khaythamah (2/336), Al-Jarh wat Ta’deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (7/151)]

While Abdullah bin Ahmed bin Ibraaheem ad-Dauraqi narrated from Imaam Yahya bin Ma’een that he said:

ليس به بأس
“There is nothing wrong in him”
[ Al-Kaamil by Ibn Adee (7/204)]

And Ibn Abi Maryam that Imaam Yahya ibn Ma’een said:

كثير بن زيد ثقة
“Katheer bin Zayd is Thiqah”
[ Al-Kaamil by Ibn Adee (7/204)]

Opinion of the Famous Contemporaries:

1-    After the mentioning the speech of Muhadditheen concerning Katheer, Muhaddith ul-Asr Allaamah Naasir ud-Deen al-Albaani said:

فمثله حسن الحديث إن شاء الله تعالى
“Thus the likes of him are Hasan ul-Hadeeth, in-shaa-Allaah Ta’ala”
[Irwaa al-Ghaleel (5/143)]

At another place, he said:

قلت: فهو حسن الحديث إن شاء الله ما لم يخالف
“I say: Thus he is Hasan ul-Hadeeth in-shaa-Allaah in which he does not oppose (others)”
[Silsilah al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah (3/121)]

2-    Ash-Shaykh al-Muhaddith al-Kabeer, Al-Allaamah Abu Ishaaq al-Huwaynee said about one of his hadeeth:

إسناده حسن، والحديث صحيح
“Its chain is Hasan and the Hadeeth is Saheeh”

At another place, he said:

كثير بن زيد مختلف فيه، ولا بأس به كما قال أحمد وغيره
“Katheer bin Zayd is differed upon, and there is nothing wrong in him as said by Ahmed and others.”
[Bazl al-Ihsaan (1/170)]

3-    Shaykh Ahmed bin Muhammad bin Shaakir authenticated his hadeeth saying:

إسناده صحيح
“Its chain is Saheeh”
[Tahqeeq al-Musnad (3/65)]

4-    Shaykh Abdul Muhsin al-Abbaad said:

أثنى عليه عدد من الأئمة، وتضعيفه لم يأت مفسراً؛ لأن الذين ضعفوه جاء التضعيف عنهم مجملاً، وقد قال الحافظ في التقريب: صدوق يخطئ، فمثله يحسن حديثه.
“A number of A’immah have praised him, and his tad’eef is not Mufassar for verily those who weakened him narrated Mujmal tad’eef; and Haafidh Ibn Hajar has said about in al-Taqreeb: ‘Sadooq makes mistakes’ thus the hadeeth of his likes is Hasan”
[Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood by al-Abbaad (7/587)]

5-    The authors of Tahreer Taqreeb at-Tahdheeb said:

صدوق حسن الحديث
“He is Sadooq, Hasan ul-Hadeeth”

6-    Shaykh Irshaad ul-Haqq al-Athari authenticated his hadeeth saying:

إِسْنَاده حسن
“Its chain is Hasan”
[Tahqeeq Musnad al-Siraaj (128, 129, 490, 514)]

7-    Shaykh Zubayr Ali Za’ee authenticated his hadeeth saying:

إِسْنَاده حسن
“Its chain is Hasan”
 [Tahqeeq Sunan Ibn Maajah (428 etc)]

At another place, he said:

كثير بن زيد حسن الحديث
“Katheer bin Zayd is Hasan ul-Hadeeth”
[Tahqeeq Sunan Abi Dawood (4/850-851 H. 5173)]

Conclusion:

Katheer bin Zayd is Sadooq Hasan ul-Hadeeth.


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