Kitab al-Sunan : Arabic only
Sunan Abi Dawud
By Imam Abu Dawud Sulaiman bin Al-Ash’ath bin Ishaq Al-Azdi Al-Sijistani
Haqqaqahu wa Qabalahu Bi Asl Hafiz Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani wa Sab'ati Usulin Ukhra
Tahqiq & Compared with Original of Hafiz Ibn Hajar & with Other Seven Principals
By Shaykh Muhammad 'Awwamah
Hardback 3500 Pages
6 Volumes Set
Publisher : Dar al-Yusr & Dar al-Minhaj
About The Book
One of the six most authentic collections of the Ahadith (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan an-Nasa'i, Sunan Abu Dawud, Sunan al-Tirmidhi, Sunan ibn Majah). It has 4800 Ahadith (selected from a mass of 50,000) divided into many different subjects, each section containing many Ahadith. The numbering system used by Abu-Dawud is consecutive and uninterrupted for the entire collection.
One of the great characteristics of the aforementioned book is that the researcher has compared with different Sharh of Sunan Abi Dawud and with the book of Rijal and Usul in order to search for the authenticity of Ruwat (Narrators) and also given the short explanation on the complicated issues and terminologies as well.
About The Author
Imam Abu Dawud, Sulaiman bin Al-Ash’ath bin Ishaq Al-Azdi As-Sijistani, who was one of the eminent Imam of Hadith, was born in 202 AH. He studied Hadith under Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal along with Al-Bukhari and taught many of the later scholars of Hadith, like At-Tirmidhi and An-Nasa’i.
Ima Abu Dawud lived a couple of centuries after the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) passed away 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 recognised by the overwhelming majority of the Muslim world to be one of the most authentic collections of the Sunnah of the Prophet (P.B.U.H), however it is also known to contain some weak ahadith (some of which he pointed out, others which he did not).
Though Abu Dawud collected 50,000 Ahadith, he compiled only 4,800 in his book entitled As-Sunan, which he used to teach in Baghdad and other major cities in his time. He died in Basra on Friday in the month of Shawwal 275 AH. Sunan Abu Dawud 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 the sayings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). 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 realise, however, that Abu-Dawud's collection is not complete: there are other scholars who worked as Abu-Dawud did and collected other reports.
About Shaykh Muhammad 'Awwamah
Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah was born in Aleppo in Syria in 1940 (1358). He began his journey and quest for knowledge in 1953 (1373) when he regularly attended the lessons conducted by Shaykh Muhammad al-Salqini. In his early days as a student, he studied under Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin.
From 1958 (1378), he began studying under Shaykh ‘Abdul Fatta Abu Ghudda. He eventually became known for his affiliation to these two illustrious and erudite scholars and he is regarded as their foremost student. In 1962 (1382 AH) he enrolled at the Faculty of Shari‘ah and in this year Shaykh ‘Abdullah Sirajuddin appointed him as a teacher at Madrasa al-Sha‘baniyya. He taught there until 1980 (1400).
In 1959 (1379) he travelled to Egypt where he met a number of senior scholars such as the two Moroccan brothers, Shaykh Ahmad and Shaykh ‘Abdullah al-Ghumari, Shaykh ‘Abdul Wahhab ‘Abdul Latif and Shaykh Muhammad Abu Zahra. He contributed greatly to an Islamic academic revival in Aleppo and was appointed from a young age as a teacher at Jami‘ al-Rawfa. His teacher, Shaykh ‘Abdul Fatta Abu Ghudda described him as “yesterday's student, today's colleague” and “the excellent muhaqqiq (researcher and editor)”.
In about 1980 (1400) he moved to Medina in Saudi Arabia where he joined the Islamic University and established the Center for Academic Research which later became known as the Center for Serving the Sunnah and the Sirah. It was from this center that he began editing the book, Ithaf al-Mahara. In 1986 (1406), he established an office for editing the Islamic Heritage which is affiliated to Dar al-Qibla. Shaykh ‘Awwamah may be described as a person of clear illuminated thought and methodology.
This is apparent in his writing, particularly in Athar al-Hadith al-Sharif fi Ikhtilaf al-A’immat al-Fuqaha and his book Adab al-Ikhtilaf fi Masa’il al-‘Ilm wal-Din. Shaykh Muhammad Sa‘id al-anCawi who is a famous and erudite scholar said: “I am not aware of anyone alive more knowledgeable than him in tahqiq.”
Shaykh ‘Awwamah has numerous academic contributions other than the two books mentioned above.
Some of his works are:
• Musnad ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul Aziz by al-Baghandi. He provided sources to the Hadith and some explanations.
• Al-Ansab by al-Sama‘ani. He edited a portion of it.
• Taqrib al-Tahdhib by MafiQ Ibn Hajar with marginal notes by ‘Allamah ‘Abdullah al-Barri and his student al-Mayrghani.
• Al-Kashif by al-Dhahabi. Shaykh ‘Awwamah wrote an extensive introduction to it.
• Majalis Ibn NaRiruddin al-Dimashqi
• Min Ui a al-Ahadith al-Qudsiyya. A compilation of 100 Hadith Qudsi with a short explanation to them.
• Al-Mukhtar min Fara’id al-Nuqul wal-Akhbar. Educational anecdotes for a student.
• Al-Qawl al-Badi‘ fi al-Ualat ‘ala al-Mabib al-Shafi‘ by al-Sakhawi.
• Al-Sunan by Imam Abu Dawud. He edited it and compared it with MafiQ Ibn Hajar’s version and seven other copies.
• Al-Shama’il al-Muhammadiyya by Imam al-Tirmidhi with the commentary by al-Bajuri.
• Al-Musannaf by Ibn Abi Shayba. He edited it and compared it with various manuscripts and he provided references for the Hadith. He was involved with this work for 16 years and it as finally published in 28 volumes.
• A comparative Hadith study of Nasb al-Rayah with manuscripts and he was able to identify about 1000 printing errors.
He has reprinted many of his books every time he improves on the work. He always tries to obtain original copies of the books he is editing. As a result he was blessed with many manuscripts. He is well known for his excellent and informative introductions to many books.
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