Sunan Abu Dawud is one of the Kutub Al-Sittah (Six major hadiths books), collected by Imam Abu Dawud. Abu Dawud collected 500,000 hadith, but included only 4,800 in this collection. Muslims regard this collection as fourth in strength of their Six major Hadith collections. It took him 20 years for collecting the ahadis.
He made series of journeys to meet most of the foremost traditionalists of his time and acquired from them the most reliable ahadis quoting sources through which it reached him. Since the author collected ahadis which no one ever assembled together, his sunan has been accepted as standard work by scholars from many parts of the Islamic world, especially after Ibn Al-Qaisarani’s inclusion of it in the formal canonisation of the six major collections.
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About Imam Abu Dawud
Abu Dawud Sulayman Ibn al-Ash’ath al-Azdi, commonly known as Imam Abu Dawud was one of the scholars who compiled the six collections of hadith and was famous for his book Sunan Abu Dawud, which is one of the references of the Prophet’s Hadith (sayings).