SUNAN ABU DAWUD
Abu-Dawud Sulaiman bin Al-Aash'ath
Al-Azdi as-Sijistani ( b.202 A.H)
3 Volume Hardback Set 1535 Pages
English Translation with Explanatory Notes
Prof Ahmad Hasan
Publisher : Kitab Bhavan , India
One of the six most authentic collections of the
Ahadith (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sahih al-Tirmidhi, Sunan Ibn Majah,
Sunan Abu Dawud, and Sahih al-Nisa'i)
It has 4800 Hadith (selected from a mass of 50,000) divided into many
different subjects, each Section containing many Hadith. The numbering system
used by Abu-Dawud is consecutive and uninterrupted for the entire collection
Sulaiman bin Al-Ash’ath bin Ishaq Al-Azdi As-Sijistani, who was one of the
eminent Imam of Hadeeth, was born in 202H. He studied Hadeeth under Imam Ahmad
bin Hanbal along with Al-Bukhari and taught many of the later scholars of
Hadeeth, like At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasaa’ee.
Abu-Dawud lived a couple of centuries after the
Prophet's death and worked extremely hard to collect his ahadith. Each report in
his collection was checked for compatibility with the Qur'an, and the veracity
of the chain of reporters had to be painstakingly established. Abu-Dawud's
collection is recognized by the overwhelming majority of the Muslim world to be
one of the most authentic collections of the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh),
however it is also known to contain some weak ahadith (some of which he pointed
out, others which he did not).
Dawood collected 50,000 Hadeeth, he compiled 4,800 Hadeeth only in his book
entitled As-Sunan, which he taught in Baghdad and other major cities at that
time. He died at Basra on Friday in the month of Shawwal 275 H. Sunan Abu Dawood
has been translated to English.
He was one of the most widely
travelled of the scholars of ahadith, going to Hijaz (Saudi Arabia), Iraq,
Khurasahn, Egypt, Syria, Nishapur, Marv, and other places for the sole purpose
of collecting ahadith. His primary interest was in law, hence his collection
focuses purely on legal ahadith. From about 50,000 ahadith, he chose 4,800 for
inclusion in his work based on their superior authenticity.
It is important to realize, however, that Abu-Dawud's
collection is not complete: there are other scholars who worked as Abu-Dawud did
and collected other reports.
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