Sahih Muslim

Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim (Arabic: صحيح مسلم , Ṣaḥīḥ may be translated as "authentic"[1] or "sound." [2]) is one of the six major hadith collections (kutub al-sittah) in Sunni Islam.[3] It is highly acclaimed by Sunni Muslims[4] and is considered the second most authentic hadith collection after Sahih al-Bukhari. It was collected by Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj (d.875).[5] Editor, Muhammad Fu'ād 'Abd al-Bāqī's 1955 Cairo publication, in 5 volumes, provides the standard topical classification of the hadith Arabic text.[6]

Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim
AuthorMuslim ibn al-Ḥajjāj (822–875)
SeriesKutub al-Sittah
Published9th century

Sahih Muslim, together with Sahih al-Bukhari is termed as Sahihayn.


The book is divided into 43 chapters.[7][8]

  1. Faith (Kitab Al Iman)
  2. Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah) [9]
  3. Menstruation (Kitab Al-Haid)
  4. Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat)
  5. Zakat (Kitab Al-Zakat)
  6. Fasting (Kitab Al-Sawm)
  7. Pilgrimage (Kitarhb Al-Hajj)
  8. Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah)
  9. Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq)
  10. Pertaining To Business Transactions (Kitab Al-Buyu)
  11. Pertaining To The Rules Of Inheritance (Kitab Al-Faraid)
  12. Gifts (Kitab Al-Hibat)
  13. Bequests (Kitab Al-Wasiyya)
  14. Vows (Kitab Al-Nadhr)
  15. Oaths (Kitab Al-Iman)
  16. Pertaining To The Oath, For Establishing The Responsibility Of Murders, Fighting, Requital A
  17. Pertaining To Punishments Prescribed By Islam (Kitab Al-Hudud)
  18. Pertaining To Judicial Decisions (Kitab Al-Aqdiyya)
  19. Jihad And Expedition (Kitab Al-Jihad Wal-Siyar)
  20. On Government (Kitab Al-Imara)
  21. Games And Animals Which May Be Slaughtered And The Animals That Are To Be Eaten (Kitab-Us-S
  22. Sacrifices (Kitab Al-Adahi)
  23. Drinks (Kitab Al-Ashriba)
  24. Pertaining To Clothes And Decoration (Kitab Al-Libas Wa'L-Zinah)
  25. On General Behavior (Kitab Al-Adab)
  26. On Salutations And Greetings (Kitab As-Salam)
  27. Concerning The Use Of Correct Words (Kitab Al-Alfaz Min Al-Adab Wa Ghairiha)
  28. Poetry (Kitab Al-Shi'r)
  29. Vision (Kitab Al-Ruya)
  30. Pertaining To The Excellent Qualities Of The Holy Prophet (May Peace Be Upon Him) And His C
  31. Pertaining To The Merits Of The Companions (Allah Be Pleased With Them) Of The Holy Prophet
  32. Virtue, Good Manners And Joining Of The Ties Of Relationship (Kitab Al-Birr Wa'S-Salat-I-Wa
  33. Destiny (Kitab-Ul-Qadr)
  34. Knowledge (Kitab Al-'Ilm)
  35. Pertaining To The Remembrance Of Allah, Supplication, Repentance And Seeking Of Forgiveness
  36. Heart Melting Traditions (Kitab Al-Riqaq)
  37. Pertaining To Repentance And Exhortation Of Repentance (Kitab Al-Tauba)
  38. Pertaining To The Characteristics Of The Hypocrites And Command Concerning Them (Kitab Sifat
  39. Giving Description Of The Day Of Judgement, Paradise And Hell (Kitab Sifat Al-Qiyama Wa'L J
  40. Pertaining To Paradise, Its Description, Its Bounties And Its Intimates (Kitab Al-Jannat Wa
  41. Pertaining To Turmoil And Portents Of The Last Hour (Kitab Al-Fitan Wa Ashrat As-Sa'Ah)
  42. Pertaining To Piety And Softening Of Hearts (Kitab Al-Zuhd Wa Al-Raqa'iq)
  43. Commentary (Kitab Al-Tafsir)


The collector of the Sahih Muslim, Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, was born in 204 AH (817/18 CE) in Nishapur (in modern-day Iran) and died in 261 AH (874/75 CE) in the city of his birth. He traveled widely to gather his collection of ahadith (plural of hadith), including to areas now in Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, Syria and Egypt.

Out of 300,000 hadith which he evaluated, approximately 12,000 were extracted for inclusion into his collection based on stringent acceptance criteria. Each report in his collection was checked and the veracity of the chain of reporters was painstakingly established. Sunni Muslims consider it the second most authentic hadith collection, after Sahih al-Bukhari. Sahih Muslim is divided into 43 books, containing a total of "9200" narrations. However, it is important to realize that Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj never claimed to collect all authentic traditions as his goal was to collect only traditions that all Muslims should agree on about accuracy.

According to Munthiri, there are a total of 2,200 hadiths (without repetition) in Sahih Muslim. According to Muhammad Amin,[10] there are 1,400 authentic hadiths that are reported in other books, mainly the six major hadith collections.


Many Muslims regard this collection as the second most authentic of the six major hadith collections,[11] containing only sahih hadith, an honor it shares only with Sahih al-Bukhari, both being referred to as the Two Sahihs.

Despite the book's high stature, and the consensus of scholars on that it is the second most valid categorized book of Hadith, after Sahih al-Bukhari, it is agreed upon that this does not mean that every element in it is true, in comparison to other Hadith books, but means that the book as a whole is valid. Such as the preference of Sahih al-Bukhari to Sahih Muslim, which does not mean that every Hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari is more valid than every Hadith in Sahih Muslim, but that the total of what is contained in Sahih al-Bukhari is more valid than the total of what is contained in Sahih Muslim, and likewise, the validity of a certain Hadith from the two books of Hadith, over Hadith from other Sahih books, can not be inferred except after the correctness of that particular Hadith is shown.[12]

Distinctive features

Sahih Muslim Cover

Pakistani Islamic scholar, Amin Ahsan Islahi, has summarized some unique features of Sahih Muslim:[13]

  • Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj recorded only such narratives as were reported by two reliable successors from two Sahabah (Companions of Muhammad) which subsequently travelled through two independent unbroken isnāds consisting of sound narrators. Muhammad al-Bukhari has not followed such a strict criterion.
  • Scientific arrangement of themes and chapters. The author, for example, selects a proper place for the narrative and, next to it, puts all its versions. Muhammad al-Bukhari has not followed this method (he scatters different versions of a narrative and the related material in different chapters).
  • Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj informs us whose wordings among the narrators he has used. For example, he says: haddathanā fulān wa fulān wallafz lifulān (A and B has narrated this hadīth to us and the wording used here is by A). Similarly he mentions whether, in a particular hadīth, the narrators have differed over the wordings even over a single letter of zero semantic significance. He also informs the readers if narrators have differed over a specific quality, surname, relation or any other fact about a narrator in the chain.

Commentaries and translations

  1. Siyanah Sahih Muslim by Ibn al-Salah, of which only the beginning segment remains
  2. Al Minhaj Be Sharh Sahih Muslim by Al-Nawawi.[14]
  3. Fath al-Mulhim by Shabbir Ahmad Usmani.
  4. Takmilat Fath al-Mulhim by Muhammad Taqi Usmani.
  5. Summarized Sahih Muslim by Abd-al-Hamid Siddiqui. The text is used in the USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim Texts.
  6. Sharh Sahih Muslim by Allama Ghulam Rasool Saeedi
  7. Tafsir al-gharib ma fi al-Sahihayn by Al-Humaydī
  8. Understanding Islam through Hadis by Ram Swarup

Translations of commentaries of Sahih Muslims are available in numerous languages including English, Urdu, Bangla, Tamil, and Bosnian.[15]

See also


  1. Google Translate
  2. Ibn al-Ṣalāḥ (2006). An Introduction to the Science of the Ḥadīth (PDF). Translated by Dr. Eerik Dickinson. Reading: Garnet Publishing Limited. p. 5. ISBN 1-85964-158-X. Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  3. "Sahih Muslim (7 Vol. Set)". Dar-us-Salam Islamic Bookstore (online bookshop catalogue entry). Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  4. A.C. Brown, Jonathan (2014). Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet's Legacy. Oneworld Publications. p. 257. ISBN 978-1780744209. [...] the Sahihayn, the two authentic Hadith compilations of Bukhari and Muslim bin Hajjaj that Sunni Islam has long declared the most reliable books after the Qur'an.
  5. islamic-dictionary retrieved 10:06, 26 April 2010
  6. Hadith and the Quran, Encyclopedia of the Quran, Brill
  7. "Translation of Sahih Muslim". Retrieved Jun 25, 2019.
  8. "Sahih Muslim". Retrieved Jun 27, 2019.
  9. The Book of Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah) translation of Sahih Muslim. Translator: Abdul Hamid Siddiqui
  10. The number of authentic hadiths (Arabic), Muhammad Amin, retrieved May 22, 2006
  11. Various Issues About Hadiths
  12. د. محمد عبد الرحمن الطوالبة. الإمام مسلم ومنهجه في صحيحه. Vol. 1. دار عمار. p. 132.
  13. Mabadi Tadabbur-i-Hadith, Amin Ahsan Islahi, 1989
  14. نور, مكتبة. "Explanation of Sahih Muslim by Imam Nawawi pdf". (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-07-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. Australian Islamic Library
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