Sufian ibn Ai’niyya is considered as one of the great Sunni Scholars. al-Dhabi called him a Grand Imam, Hafiz of His Era and Sheikh-ul-Islam (see Sair A’laam Nabala, 8/455). However, He was known for Tadlees, which means that when He would tell about His chain, He would skip the narrator from whom he narrated. But as per Sunnis Scholars, He did that only when His Sheikh (the one from he was narrating) was Trustworthy. al-A’lai writes in his book ( جامع التحصیل فی احکام المراسیل ) Jami’i-ul-Tehseel fi Ahkam Maraseel, p. 186

250 – سفيان بن عيينة الإمام المشهور مكثر من التدليس لكن عن الثقات 

Sufian ibn Ai’niyya, a famous Imam, did a lot of Tadlees but from Trustworthy Narrators

But interestingly, Darqutni exposes the situation in the following manner in His book, ( العلل الواردة في الأحاديث النبوية، المعروف علل الدارقطنی) I’llal Darqutni, 3/144

وَرَوَاهُ ابْنُ عُيَيْنَةَ، عَنْ فِرَاسٍ، وَلَمْ يَسْمَعْهُ مِنْهُ، وَإِنَّمَا أَخَذَهُ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عُمَارَةَ عَنْهُ

Sufian ibn Ai’niyya narrated this from Faras, but He had not heard it from Him, rather He took it from Hasan bin A’mmara

And regarding Hasan bin A’mmara, Ibn Hajar wrote in Taqreeb-ut-tehzeeb

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1264- الحسن ابن عمارة البجلي مولاهم أبو محمد الكوفي قاضي بغداد متروك من السابعة مات سنة ثلاث وخمسين ت ق

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Hasan bin A’mmar is Rejected/Matrook

This clearly means that He took narration from a Weak narrator, and did Tadlees.

Deduced from the work of Brother Nasir Hussein.

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