Introduction to Translation of Sahih Muslim
Abdul Hamid Siddiqui
Sahih Muslim is a collection
of sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (also known
as the sunnah). The reports of the
Prophet's sayings and deeds are called ahadith.
Muslim 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. Muslim'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). Muslim (full
name Abul Husain Muslim bin al-Hajjaj al-Nisapuri) was born
in 202 A.H. and died in 261 A.H. He travelled widely to gather
his collection of ahadith, including to Iraq, Saudi Arabia,
Syria, and Egypt. Out of 300,000 ahadith which he evaluated,
only 4,000 approximately (including multiple hadith in a single
one i.e. multiple quotations) were extracted for inclusion
into his collection based on stringent acceptance criteria.
Muslim was a student of Bukhari.
It is important to realize, however, that Muslim's collection
is not complete: there are other scholars who worked as Muslim
did and collected other authentic reports. The translation
of Sahih Muslim found here is complete!
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