There are three opinions for the definition of musnad:

  1. It is the same as muttaṣil according to al-Khatīb.  
  2. It is the same as marfū’ according to Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr.
  3. It is marfū’ muttaṣil according to al-Ḥākim.[1]

[1] According to be Ibn Ḥājar it is a marfū’ ḥadīth which seems to be muttaṣil. Thus the narration of a mudallis can be musnad according to Ibn Ḥājar. 

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