Classification of Book of Ahadith

Books of Ahadith are classified by the rank of their reliability and also by their subject matter.

1.    Sahih : The books of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim are called as Sahih. The scholars of Hadith agree that these two Imams used the most strict and comprehensive criteria for the evaluation of Ahadith hence they are very authentic.

2.    Sihah al Sittah : The six original collections of Ahadith named after their authors; Bukhari, Muslim, Nisai, Abu Daud, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi.

3.    Jamaie : A comprehensive collection of Ahadith dealing with all aspects of human life; for instance Jamaie Tirmidhi.

4.    Sunan : A collection of Ahadith dealing only with the commandments (related to Islamic Jurisprudence); for instance Sunan Abu Daud.

5.     Mustakhrij : A collection of Ahadith presented on the authority of another Muhaddith for instance Mustakhrij Ismaili by Imam Bukhari.

6. Mustadrik : A collection of Ahadith by a scholar utilizing the criteria of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim; for instance Mustadrik of Imam Hakim.
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