Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of branched lying
Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله، عن محمد ابن علي رفعه، قال: قال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: إياكم والكذب المفترع. قيل له: وما الكذب المفترع؟ قال: أن يحدثك الرجل بالحديث فترويه عن غير الذي حدثك به.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Ahmad bin Abi Abdillah, from Muhammed ibn Ali, that he ascribed it, saying: Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, said: Beware from branched lying. It was said to him: And what is branched lying. He said: That a man tells you a narration, and then you narrate it of other than the one who told it to you.