Islamic concepts

Kutub al-Ḥadīth al-Sittah كتب الحديث الستة — six ḥadīth collections

Mainstream Sunnī Islam? recognizes six Ḥadīth collections as being authentic?.

Of these, the two considered most accurate are Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī and Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, which are called the two sahihs. (The first two, commonly referred to as the Two Sahihs as an indication of their authenticity, contain approximately seven thousand ahadith altogether if repetitions are not counted, according to Ibn Hajar.)

Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī صحيح البخاري

The Persian scholar al-Bukhārī documented over 300,000 Aḥādīth. Analyzing and comparing all this data, he distilled it to a final compilation of 2,602 Aḥādīth he could conclude without a doubt to be authentic. Basically, he kept only the most accurate and agreed upon 1% of all Aḥādīth. The eminent scholars of the time also agreed on the correctness of his methodology and his final book.

Many of the rules on how to pray come from this source.

Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim

Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim is the second most authentic collection of Ḥadīth in the Sunnī tradition. It was collected by Muslim Ibn al-Ḥajjāj (مسلم بن الحجاج).

al-Sunan al-Ṣughrá السنن الصغرى

collected by al-Nasāʾī

Sunan Abī Dāwud سنن أبي داود

collected by Abū Dāwud

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Jāmiʿ al-Tirmidhī جامع الترمذي

collected by al-Tirmidhī

Sunan Ibn Mājah سنن ابن ماجة

  1. Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī (صحيح البخاري)
  2. Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim (حيح مسلم)
  3. Sunan al-Ṣughrá (سنن الصغرى)
  4. Sunan Abī Dāwud (سنن أبي داود)
  5. Jāmiʿ al-Tirmidhī (جامع الترمذي)
  6. Sunan Ibn Mājah (سنن ابن ماجة)

Not one of the big six:

  • Shamāʾil al-Muḥammadīyah (لشمائل المحمدية)