Aḥādīth: Books of Ḥadīth

Ḥadīth books are compliations of traditions & narrations of The Prophet ﷺ, usually compiled by a scholar of Ḥadīth, who is called a Muḥaddith. Some of these books may also include Athar of his companions & their successors. These books can range from science to science, some focusing on ʿAqīdah, Fiqh, Sīrah, & so on. Herein, we’ll be looking into a few of these books; some well known, & others not as common.

Due to the majority of Muslims having knowledge of al-Kutub as-Sittah, I’ll be excluding those books & will be focusing on the books that arent from them. This list will be categorized into chronological order by era.

al-Muwaṭṭaʾ (الموطأ)
Compiler: Mālik ibn Anas رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 179 AH/795 CE)
Era: 2nd Century AH/8th Century CE
Volumes: 1, 2
Musnad Imām ash-Shāfiʿī (مسند الإمام الشافعي)
Compiler: Muḥammad ibn Idrīs ash-Shāfiʿī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 204 AH/820 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th Century CE
Volumes: 2, 3
Muṣannaf ʿAbd ar-Razzāq aanʿānī (مصنف عبد الرزاق الصنعاني)
Compiler: ʿAbd ar-Razzāq ibn Hammām ibn Nāfiʼ as-Sanʿānī (d. 211 AH/827 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th Century CE
Volumes: 11, 12
Musnad Imām al-Ḥumaydī (مسند الحميدي)
Compiler: ʿAbdullāh ibn az-Zubayr al-Ḥumaydī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 219 AH/834 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th Century CE
Volumes: 2, 3
Muannaf ibn Abī Shaybah (المصنف لابن أبي شيبة)
Compiler: Abū Bakr ibn Abī Shaybah رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 235 AH/849 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th Century CE
Volumes: 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 25, 26
Musnad Isḥāq ibn Rāhwayh (مسند إسحاق بن راهويه)
Compiler: Isḥāq ibn Rāhwayh رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 238 AH/852 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th Century CE
Volumes: 1, 4
Musnad Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal (مسند أحمد بن حنبل)
Compiler: Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad ibn Ḥanbal ash-Shaybānī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 241 AH/855 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th Century CE
Volumes: 1, 6, 12, 16, 52
Musnad ʿAbd ibn Ḥumayd (المنتخب من مسند عبد بن حميد)
Compiler: ʿAbd ibn Ḥumayd رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 249 AH/863 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th century CE
Volumes: 2, 3
Sunan ad-Dārimī (سنن الدارمي)
Compiler: Abū Muḥammad ad-Dārimī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 255 AH/869 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th Century CE
Volumes: 1, 2, 4
al-Adab al-Mufrad (الأدب المفرد)
Compiler: Muḥammad ibn Ismā‘īl al-Bukhārī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 256 AH/870 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th Century CE
Volumes: 1, 2
Kitāb al-Marāsīl (كتاب المراسيل)
Compiler: Abū Dāwūd as-Sijistānī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 275 AH/889 CE)
Era: 3rd Century AH/9th Century CE
Volumes: 1
Musnad Abī Yaʿlā (مسند أبي يعلى)
Compiler: Abī Yaʿlā al-Mawṣilī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 307 AH/919 CE)
Era: 4th Century AH/10th Century CE
Volumes: 5, 6, 7, 10, 16
Ṣaḥīḥ ibn Khuzaymah (صحيح ابن خزيمة)
Compiler: Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq ibn Khuzaymah رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 323 AH/911 CE)
Era: 4th Century AH/10th Century CE
Volumes: 2, 3, 4, 6
Ṣaḥīḥ ibn Ḥibbān (صحيح ابن حبان)
Compiler: Muḥammad ibn Ḥibbān al-Bustī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 354 AH/965 CE)
Era: 4th Century AH/10th Century CE
Volumes: 7, 8, 9, 17, 18
al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr (المعجم الكبير)
Compiler: Sulaymān ibn Aḥmad at-Ṭabarānī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 360 AH/971 CE)
Era: 4th Century AH/10th Century CE
Volumes: 11, 18, 23
Sunan ad-Dāraquṭnī (سنن الدارقطني)
Compiler: Abū al-Ḥasan ‘Alī ibn ‘Umar ad-Dāraquṭnī  رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 385 AH/995 CE)
Era: 4th Century AH/10th Century CE
Volumes: 1, 2, 3, 6
al-Fawā’id ibn Mandah (الفوائد ابن منده)
Compiler: Muḥammad ibn Isḥāq ibn Mandah رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 395 AH/1005 CE)
Era: 4th Century AH/11th Century CE
Volumes: 2
al-Mustadrak ʿala aṣ-Ṣaḥīḥayn (المستدرك على الصحيحين)
Compiler: Muḥammad ibn ʿAbdullāh al-Hākim an-Nishāpurī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 403 AH/1012 CE)
Era: 5th Century AH/11th Century CE
Volumes: 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12
Sunan al-Bayhaqī (السنن الكبرى للحافظ البيهقي)
Compiler: Aḥmad ibn Ḥusayn al-Bayhaqī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 458 AH/1066 CE)
Era: 5th Century AH/11th Century CE
Volumes: 10, 11, 17, 24
Sharḥ as-Sunnah (شرح السنة)
Compiler: Ḥusayn ibn Masʻūd al-Baghawī  رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 516 AH/1122 CE)
Era: 6th Century AH/12th Century CE
Volumes: 3, 7, 8, 16
al-Jāmiʿ aṣ-Ṣaghīr (الجامع الصغير)
Compiler: Jalāl ad-Dīn as-Suyūṭī  رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 911 AH/1505 CE)
Era: 10th Century AH/16th Century CE
Volumes: 1
Kanz al-ʿUmmāl (كنز العمال)
Compiler: al-Muttaqī al-Hindī  رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ (d. 975 AH/1567 CE)
Era: 10th Century AH/16th Century CE
Volumes: 2, 10, 18

May Allāh have mercy upon these great Muḥaddithūn & A’Immah, & reward them abundantly for their contributions to the religion of Islām.

All praise is due to Allāh, may His peace & blessings be upon our final Prophet Muḥammad, his family, his companions, & all those who follow him in guidance.

Ṣafīullāh Labīb ibn Salīm ʿAbd al-Malik
28th of Jumādā al-ʾŪlā 1443 – 1st of January 2022

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