English Translation by Prof. Ahmad Hasan.

Sunan Abu Dawud is a collection of sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), also known as the sunnah. The reports of the Prophet's sayings and deeds are called ahadith. Imam Abu Dawud 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.

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Sunan Abu Dawud is one of six important and authentic collections (Sihah Sittah) of the Prophetic Traditions. Imam Abu Dawud, following the practice of his time, travelled far and wide to collect Hadith. He visited Hijaz, Iraq, Khurasahn, Egypt, Syria, Nishapur, Marv and Isfahan for the purpose. His proficience in Hadith is accepted by a large majority of muslims around the world. He also had keen insight in law (fiqh). His Sunan, naturally, is replete with legal traditions; it also indicates his point of view on various questions and his acuman in ijtihad.

The Sunan is Abu Dawud's most important work. It has 4800 traditions selected from a mass of 50,000. It can be called one of the fundamental works on Hadith.

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