Let me share research of Brother al Mohami

Let us see what Ahmad bin Hanbal had said. We find

 • وقال حنبل بن إسحاق: قال أبو عبد الله: إذا اختلف وكيع، وعبد الرحمن فعبد الرحمن أثبت، لأنه أقرب عهداً بالكتاب. «تاريخ بغداد» 10/243.

Ahmad bin Hanbal said that when Waki’i and Abdur Rehman have differences (about a particular narration), then Abdur Rehman is trustworhty, as he was near the time of “Book” [1]

Also,

حدثنا عبد الرحمن ، نا صالح بن أحمد بن حنبل ، قال : قلت لأبي : أيما أثبت عندك عبد الرحمن بن مهدي ، أو وكيع ؟ فقال : عبد الرحمن أقل سقطا من وكيع في سفيان 

Salih bin Ahmad bin Hanbal asked his father: Who is more trustworthy to you, Abdur Rehman bin Mahdi or Waki’i? He replied: Abdur Rehman who erred less than Waki’i in narrating from Sufian. [2]

Now

We can clearly see that Ahmad bin Hanbal was giving preference to Abdur Rehman bin Mahdi on Waki’i.

Let us see what Yahya bin Moin said

سمعت يحيى وذكر له عبد الرحمن بن مهدي ووكيع فقال له رجل قوم يقدمون عبد الرحمن بن مهدي فقال يحيى من قدم عبد الرحمن على وكيع فدعا عليه فعليه لعنة الله والملائكة والناس أجمعين

Abdur Rehman bin Mahdi and Waki’i were mentioned in front of Yahya, and a man told him that there are people who prefer Abdur Rehman bin Mahdi. So He said that whosoever prefers Abdur Rehman On Waki’i, I pray that there is Curse of Allah, Angels and all people on him [3]

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REFERENCES:-

[1] Mausa’at Aqwal Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal fi Rijal ul Hadeeth wa Ilal, 2/350. AND This was also mentioned by Dhabi in Sair A’alaam Nabala. As per the article I am translating from, the reference used is Tehzeeb ul Kamal, 5/34

[2] Mausa’at Aqwal Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal fi Rijal ul Hadeeth wa Ilal, 2/349; And also al Jarah wa al Ta’adeel, online link

[3] as per article I have translated, reference is Tareekh Ibn Moin, 3/548, no. 2677; However, I am quoting from Tareekh Ibn Moin, 1/77

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