Sahih Muslim

Sahih Muslim (full title “Al-Musnadu Al-Sahihu bi Naklil Adli”) is one of the Six major collections of the hadith in Sunni Islam, oral traditions relating to the words and deeds of the Islamic ProphetMuhammad. It is the second most famous hadith collection among Sunni Muslims and it is considered as the most authentic book of Hadith after Sahih Al-Bukhari. It was collected by Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, also known as Imam Muslim.

Imam Muslim (Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj) was born in 202 AH in Nishapur (817/818CE) and died in 261AH (874/875CE) also in Nishapur. He traveled widely to gather his collection of ahadith (plural of hadith), including to Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt. Out of 300,000 hadith which he evaluated, approximately 4,000 were extracted for inclusion into his collection based on stringent acceptance criteria. 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.

According to Munziri, there are a total of 2200 hadiths (with no repetition) in Sahih Muslim. This would bring the total of Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim to 3000 ahadith. According to most Hadith scholars, there are 1400 authentic hadiths that are reported in other books (mainly the Six major Hadith collections).

May Allah (swt) be pleased with his immense contribution to Islam which allows us to learn more about our beloved role model Prophet (pbuh)