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Kutub al-Sittah

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The Kutub al-Sittah (the six books) are the primary ahadith collections in Sunni Islam. They consist of Sahih BukhariWikipedia, Sahih MuslimWikipedia, Sunan al-SughraWikipedia, Sunan Abu DawoodWikipedia, Jami al-TirmidhiWikipedia and Sunan ibn MajahWikipedia.[1] The collections total tens of thousands of ahadith.

The first two collections, Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim, are considered the most authentic; the word Sahih itself means "authentic." Authenticity decreases for each collection thereafter, although Islamic maddhabs (schools of religious law or fiqh) have differed on which of the non-Sahih collections are more or less trustworthy.[2]

Some Muslims, notably Quranists, consider all ahadith to be bid'ah (prohibited religious innovation), fabricated, or otherwise unacceptable.[3]


  1. John L. Esposito (2000). The Oxford History of Islam p. 74
  2. Ibn al-Salah (1990). `Aishah bint `Abd al-Rahman, ed. al-Muqaddimah fi `Ulum al-Hadith. Cairo: Dar al-Ma’aarif. pp. 160–9.
  3. Quranism