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Sahih Muslim (Arabic: صحيح مسلم, ṣaḥīḥ 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 Prophet Muhammad. 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. Sunni Muslims consider it the second most authentic hadith collection, after the Sahih Bukhari.

However it is important to realize that Imam Muslim never claimed to collect all authentic traditions. He tried to collect only traditions that all Muslims should agree on about accuracy. There are other scholars who worked as Muslim did and collected other authentic reports.

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, [1] there are 1400 authentic hadiths that are reported in other books (mainly the Six major Hadith collections).


Among its contents:

The Hadith of Qur'an and Sunnah is not included.


Muslims have differing view of this collection. Sunni regard this collection as the second most authentic of their Six major Hadith collections, [2] containing only Sahih hadith, an honor it shares only with Sahih Bukhari, both being referred to as the Two Sahihs. Shia Muslims dismiss many parts of it as fabrications or untrustworthy.

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See also


  1. The number of authentic hadiths (Arabic), Muhammad Amin, retrieved May 22, 2006
  2. Various Issues About Hadiths

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