Books of Hadith to purchase
Fatwa No: 82311

  • Fatwa Date:2-9-2000 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 3, 1421
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Question

I am buying books about Islam, I just purchased sahih Bukhari. Tell me other books of Hadith, to buy and other books of Hadith good like Bukhari and Muslim, catagorized, like Bukhari and Muslim.

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
The most authentic book of Ahadith are Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim as it is know for every Muslim. They have been translated in to English.
The four books of Sunan come after them in authenticity. The Ahadeeth of these four Sunan are acceptable in general except some of them. They are as below:
1. Sunan Abu Dawood.
2. Sunan Al-Nasae.
3. Sunan Al-Tirmizi.
4. Sunan Ibn Majah.
Some eminent Scholars of Ahadeeth have verified the Ahadeeth of the above four books of Sunan as the Shaikh Al-Bani did. He distinguished between Sahih (authentic) and Zaeef (weak) Ahadeeth of the four mentioned Sunans.
The book "Jame al-usool" for Imam Ibn Al-Atheer is enough for you since it contains all the above mentioned books. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al-Arnawoot has verified it. There is an index for this book in two volumes. Sunan Abu Dawood and Tirmizi are translated in to English.
5. Al-Musnad for Imam Ahmad.
Most of the Ahadeeth of this Musnad are authentic. There is a new verified transcription for this book in forty volumes.
6. Muatta Imam Malik. English translation is also available.
7. Riyad us-saliheen.
It is a brief book but it is very useful. It's Ahadith are proven and its well classified. English translation is also available.
8. Bloog al-Maram. It is a very useful book. It contains the Ahadeeth of jurisprudence. There are many other books one may derive benefits from it, such as English translation of the Qur'an, for Dr. Muhsin Khan and Al-Raheeq Al- Maqtoom (English version) the biography of the Prophet.

Allah knows best.

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