For the first time ever in English, after years of painstaking efforts at Dar-us-Salam, Sunan An-Nasa’i is now available, complete in 6 volumes! Like the other translations of the six books of hadith, Dar-us-Salam, has taken great care in correct translation, simple and clear modern English language and high-quality publishing.
Sunan An-Nasai has the fewest weak ahadith after the two Sahih collections. This Sunan is one of the six is al-Mujtaba or as-Sunan as-Sughara, which is a synopsis of a large collection of ahadith which he considered to be fairly reliable. In the smaller collection, only those ahadith which he considered to be reliable have been included.
It was compiled by the great scholar of hadith, Abu Abdur-Rahman Ahmad bin Shu’aib bin Bahr An-Nasai (Nasa’ of Khurasan) (214-303AH). Imam An-Nasai, like other great scholars of hadith traveled to Baghdad, Ash-Sham, Egypt, Mecca, and many other cities to seek knowledge. He received the praises of many scholars including Ad-Daraqutni who said about him: “He is given preference over all others who are mentioned with this knowledge from the people of his time”. Some scholars consider his compilation to have the least number of defective or weak narrations among the four Sunan. This great book of his contains 5761 ahadith, making it as an invaluable addition to anyone’s library.
This translation by Dar-us-Salam Publications has several advantages including:
– A final verdict about the authenticity of every hadith (in parentheses at end of every hadith) by the committee of scholars at Dar-us-Salam – Comments in English after many ahadith to explain unclear points and to further explain the hadith – Translation from old manuscripts of hadith to get the most authentic version – Revision by three different levels of scholars to get as close to the original meaning – Arabic and English side by side for easy access – As always on all Dar-us-Salam books, the paper quality, binding, design and the print are unmatched. Alhamdulillah
– All the Ahadith of this collection has been documented, referenced and traced by the research scholar, Hafiz Zubair ‘Ali Za’i. – The original Arabic texts of the Ahadith contain a complete chain of narrators while in translation, for the sake of simplicity, only the name of the first narrator is mentioned who narrated the Hadith from the Prophet.
After numerous collections of Hadith had been made during the third century of Islam six works became recognized as authoritative. Two of them are believed to be completely authentic, namely the Sahih al-Bukhari and the Shih Muslim. The other four known as the Sunan Sahih al-Tirmidhi, Sunan Ibn Majah, Sunan Abu Dawud, and Sunan Nasa’i are also highly esteemed but it is regarded lower in category to Sahih Bukhari and Muslim
‘Mawara-un-nehr, in Central Asia has given the world many religious scholars whose names are inscribed forever on the pages of Islamic history. Among them, we find such a distinguished person as Abu Abdur Rahman Ahmad bin Shu’aib an Nasai’i. His book Sunan occupies an outstanding place among six principal Hadith collections (Sihah Sittah) known in the Muslim world. Imam Nasa’i was very careful while selecting materials for his work. This is why many scholars consider that the book Sunan Nasa’i occupies third place in Hadith collections after Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. It contains 5764 traditions, said to have been carefully collected out of 500,000.’
Imam Abu Abdur Rahman Ahmad ibn Shu’aib an-Nasa’i (r.a) – [215 – 303 A.H.] Imam an-Nasa’i was born in the town of Nasa’ in the province of Khorasan. After gaining hadith from the teachers in his own city, Imam an-Nasa’i traveled through Khorasan, Iraq, the Hijaz, Syria and Egypt collecting ahadith. Egypt was where Imam an-Nasa’i settled and established his center for teaching and studies here. He Died in Makkah in 303 Hijri
About this Translation:
The translations of the Six Books of Hadith by Darussalam is based upon Darussalam’s previously published Arabic editions of the Six Books. These Arabic texts were verified by a team of scholars, under the supervision of Shaykh Salih bin `Abdul-`Aziz Aal ash-Shaykh, the head of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Islamic Affairs. The verification process was based upon the most important previously published editions and manuscripts, from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, and Turkey, as well as other lands.
For over five years, a grand team of highly qualified translators and editors, from various nations reaching across the globe from Saudi Arabia to America, worked on bringing these texts – among the Usul (fundamental texts) of Islam – into a clear, refined and precise English translation, so that the average English reader may have access to these important Islamic texts that were otherwise never made available to them in their entirety.
Compiled by: Imam Hafiz Abu Abdur-Rahman Ahmad bin Shu’aib bin Bahr An-Nasai Ahadith edited and referenced by: Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair Ali Zai Translated by: Nasiruddin al-Khattab (Canada) Final Review by: Abu Khaliyl (US)
Hardcover: 3100 pages
Author: Imam Hafiz Abu Abdur Rahman Ahmad bin Shuaib bin Ali An-Nasa'i