Translator: Abdul Hamid Siddiqui
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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 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.
MSA has taken some pains to remove typos,
and scanning/format errors from these files, but it is more
than likely that quite a few still remain.
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