Great news for knowledge seekers!
The first time in the history of Islam, the most authentic six books of hadith are translated in English.
The international publishing house DARUSSALAM (RIYADH), known for its focus on important classical Islamic works, renowned for their publications of the Noble Qur’an English translation of the Qur’an, and the ten volume English translation of the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir, and the nine volume English translation of Sahih al-Bukhari, is grateful to announce the publication of the English translations of the remaining five, of the Six Famous Books of Hadith, collections commonly known as “Saha Sittah” (The Six Books).
The first of these to be completed for distribution is Sunan Ibn Majah, which is available in five volumes, totaling 2678 pages. Thereafter, the complete translation of Sahih Muslim in 7 volumes, totaling 3758 pages, Sunan at-Tirmidhi in six volumes, Sunan an-Nasa’i in 6 volumes, and Sunan Abu Dawud in 5 volumes, remaining each volume more than 530 pages.
Including the previously published English translation of the nine volume set of Sahih al-Bukhari, the entire collection of the translation of the Six Books of Hadith will span 38 volumes.
For the first time in history, English readers will have access to every single hadith in the entire Six Books collection.
This is a landmark event in the progress of Islamic publishing in the English language, and a welcomed indication of the spread of Islam, and the demand for authentic books in English, as well as other languages.
This announcement is made by Mr. Abdul Malik Mujahid, the general manager of Darussalam publications and distributors.)
According to Mr. Abdul Malik Mujahid General Manager of Datussalam Publications, this project should be available in the market by the end of November 2007, before Hajj. He reminds that “this is the real heritage of the Muslim Ummah and every library, information center mosques and Islamic center is in need of these authentic sources of Islam.”
Moreover, he said, in an interview that “maximum efforts have been put in to keep this project free of errors with more than 5 years and a highly qualified team from different parts of the world have participated to complete this project.”
He ensures that the people who are seeking knowledge and love the Prophet’s traditions (hadith), will appreciate this project, by the Will of Allah.
HISTORY OF THE PUBLICATIONS
The translations of the remaining five of the Six Books, were 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 entirity.
While in the past, companies have marketed software for computers that left the English readers with the impression that they contained the narrations of all of these books, the truth is that these programs and collections contained only some of these narrations, being taken from other collections, like translations of Mishkat al-Masabih, for example. Additionally, the advent of the internet and the circulation of these narrations found in these poorly translated software compilations, which were improperly referenced – be it the numbering system used, or the actual source texts from which they were portrayed to be derived – has lead to a great deal of confusion among the English readers.
Only with the complete translations of the Six Books – and in the form compiled by the illustrious Imams of Hadith – could the English readers truly get to the source of the hadiths of the Noble Messenger Muhammad (sall Allahu `alaihi wa sallam), and the understanding of the blessed religion of Islam, passed down by the righteous predecessors, generation after generation through chains of narration.
VALUABLE COMMENTARY AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE TRANSLATIONS
After the painstaking efforts to translate these five collections into the English language, each with introductions, the translations underwent the process of proof-editing. Each page contains a column for the translation, next to a column for the Arabic text, with complete vowel markings. Then, along with the translators’ footnotes for important matters, an additional valuable commentary was added, in order to explain important matters that may not be clear to the English readers. The commentary also has the added benefit of indicating the appropriate application of the hadiths to modern dilemmas which Muslims struggle with in various parts of the Islamic world.
Since Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim are the only hadith collections in which every hadith is authentic, and the Four Sunan compilations will invariably contain some weak narrations – according to the grading systems of the great scholars of Hadith – the grade for each hadith in the Four Sunan compilations has been provided, from the Arabic work compiled by the Honorable Shaykh Zubayr `Ali Za`i, and included in the translation of each of the Four Sunans, clearly mentioning the grade after each and every hadith.
With these added benefits, the English readers will finally have access to an authentic translation of all of the hadiths in the Six Books collection along with important commentary, an indication of which narrations are authentic and which are not authentic, side by side with the Arabic text and complete vowel markings.
Indeed all praise is due to Allah, who has facilitated that this noble endeavour be brought to fruition in pursuit of serving the teachings of the Qur’an, the Book of Allah the Most Exalted and the Sunnah of His Messenger (sall Allahu `alaihi wa sallam).
Abu Bakr As-Siddeeq (R)
Section: Biography & History
By: Dr. Ali Muhammad As-Sallaabee
Translator: Faisal Shafeeq
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From the day he embraced Islam until the day he died, Abu Bakr As-Siddique ابو بكر الصدي (Radhi Allahu Anhu - May Allah be Pleased with Him) was the ideal Muslim, surpassing all other Companions in every sphere of life. During the Prophet's lifetime, Abu Bakr was an exemplary soldier on the battlefield; upon the Prophet's death, Abu Bakr (R) remained steadfast and, through the help of Allah, held this nation together. When others suggested keeping Usaamah's army back, Abu Bakr insisted - and correctly so - that the army should continue the mission which the Prophet (S) had in mind. When people refused to pay Zakaat, and when the apostates threatened the stability of the Muslim nation, Abu Bakr was the one who remained firm and took decisive action against them. These are just some of the examples of Abu Bakr's many wonderful achievements throughout his life. I have endeavored to describe all of the above in a clear and organized manner. But more so than anything else, I have tried to show how Abu Bakr's methodology as a Muslim and as a ruler helped establish the foundations of a strong, stable, and prosperous country - one that began in Al-Madeenah, extended throughout the Arabian Peninsula, and then reached far-off lands outside of Arabia.