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Authentic Books of Ahadith

In the Name of Allah,

Praise be to Allah,

When searching for Ahadith, it is important to take note of what books the Hadith was from, it's grade, and it's chain of narration.

Hadith are the sayings of the Prophet ﷺ, what he commanded us to do and what not to do. Lots of ahadith can be found in numerous books. But some of these books can be of fabricated sayings, and it is important to look out for those.

This article will discuss in brief the most authentic books of hadith.

1. Sahih al-Bukhari

Author: Muhammad ibn Isma'il al-Bukhari

Publication Date: 9th Century

Sahih al-Bukhari is the most authentic islamic book after the Qur'an.

It has the most authentic narrations, grouped in as-Sahihayn (The Two Sahihs), and contains around 7000+ hadith. It is believed that Muhammad ibn Isma'il al-Bukhari (rahimahullah) had started compiling this book at the age of 16 years old, then at 32 years old, the book would be finished.

2. Sahih Muslim

Author: Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj

Publication Date: 9th Century

Sahih Muslim is the most authentic islamic book after Sahih al-Bukhari.

The book contains around the same ahadith amount as Sahih al-Bukhari (7000+), and is also grouped in as-Sahihayn (The Two Sahihs).

Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj (rahimahullah) was also a student and companion of Sahih al-Bukhari's compiler, Muhammad ibn Isma'il al-Bukhari (rahimahullah).

3. Sahih ibn Khuzaymah

Author: Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Ishaq ibn Khuzaymah

Publication Date: 10th Century

Sahih ibn Khuzaymah is the most authentic hadith book before Sahih ibn Hibban.

4. Sahih ibn Hibban

Author: Muhammad ibn Hibban al-Busti

Publication Date: 10th Century

Sahih ibn Hibban is the most authentic islamic book after Sahih ibn Khuzaymah containing around 7500+ ahadith.

It is also considered to be of books that contain almost only authentic ahadith.

Conclusion

This article has explained some of the most authentic books of ahadith that can be found.

May Allah have mercy upon the authors of these books, and give them great rewards for their contributions to Islam.

May Allah bless you, and shukran.

© Nasir ibn Saleem