six major hadith collections
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the six major hadith collections (arabic: al-sihah al-sittah) are the works of
some individuals from islamic scholars who by their own initiative started
collecting sayings that people attributed to muhammad approximately 200 years
after his death.
2 muslim view
3 see also
the name "al-sihah al-sittah" translates literally to "the authentic six", even
according to the cambridge history of iran:
\u201c after this period commences the age of the authors of the six canonical
collections of sunni hadith (al-sihah al-sitta), all of whom were persian. the
authors of the six collections are as follows: 1. muhammad b. isma'il al-bukhari,
the author of the best known of the sahih, which he composed over a period of
sixteen years. traditional sources quote bukhari as saying that he did not
record any hadith before performing his ablutions and praying. bukhari died near
samarqand in 256/869-70.
was a student of bukhari and died in 279/892-3.
5. abu 'abd al-rahman al-nisa'i, who was from khurasan and died in 303/915-16.
6. ibn maja al-qazwini, who died in 273/886-7.
they are, in order of importance :
sahih bukhari, collected by al-bukhari (d. 870), included 7275 hadiths
sahih muslim, collected by muslim b. al-hajjaj (d. 875), included 9200
sunan al-sughra, collected by al-nasa'i (d. 915)
sunan abi da'ud, collected by abu da'ud (d. 888)
sunan al-tirmidhi, collected by al-tirmidhi (d. 892)
this one is disputed. sometimes its referred to al-muwatta, collected by imam
 see also
list of sunni books
hadith of persians and knowledge
^ s. h. nasr(1975), \u201cthe religious sciences\u201d, in r.n.frye, the cambridge history
of iran, cambridge university press
^ various issues about hadiths
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