ABOUT SAHIH MUSLIM:
Sahih Muslim is one of the Kutub al-Sittah (six major hadith collections). It is highly acclaimed by Muslims and considered the second most authentic hadith collection after Sahih al-Bukhari. It was collected by Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, also known as Imam Muslim. Sahih translates as authentic or correct.
The collector of the Sahih Muslim, Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj, was born into a Persian family in 204 AH (817/18 CE) in Nishapur (in modern-day Iran) and died in 261 AH (874/75 CE) in the city of his birth. He travelled widely to gather his collection of ahadith (plural of hadith), including to areas now in Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, Syria and Egypt. Out of 300,000 hadith which he evaluated, approximately 4,000 were extracted for inclusion into his collection based on stringent acceptance criteria. Each report in his collection was checked and the veracity of the chain of reporters was painstakingly established. Sahih Muslim is divided into 43 books, containing a total of 7190 narrations. However, it is important to realize that Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj never claimed to collect all authentic traditions as his goal was to collect only traditions that all Muslims should agree on about accuracy.
According to Mundhiri, there are a total of 2,200 hadiths (without repetition) in Sahih Muslim. According to Muhammad Amin, there are 1,400 authentic hadiths that are reported in other books, mainly the six major hadith collections.
POPULAR COMMENTARIES ON SAHIH MUSLIM:
--- al-Mu'allim bi Fawa'id Muslim by al-Mazi (d. 536),
(المعلم بفوائد مسلم)
--- Ikmal al-Mu'allim by Qadi 'Iyad (d. 544);
--- Siyanat Sahih Muslim min al-Ikhlal wa'l Ghalat; by Imam Ibn al-Salah (d. 642),
(صيانة صحيح مسلم من الإخلال والغلط)
--- al-Mufham Sharh Sahih Muslim by Imam Abi al-'Abbas al-Qurtubi (d. 656),
(المفهم شرح تلخيص صحيح مسلم)
--- al-Minhaj Sharh Sahih Muslim Ibn al-Hajjaj by Imam al-Nawawi (d. 676),
(المنهاج شرح صحيح مسلم بن الحجاج)
--- Ikmal Ikmal al-Mu'allim by Imam al-Abbi (d. 728),
(إكمال إكمال المعلم)
--- Mukmil Ikmal al-Mu'allim by Imam al-Sanusi (d. 892),
(مكمل إكمال المعلم)
--- al-Dibaj 'ala Sahih Muslim Ibn al-Hajjaj by Imam al-Sayuti (d. 911),
(الديباج على صحيح مسلم بن الحجاج)
and many others.....
ABOUT THIS COMMENTARY:
This commentary stands out one of the best and most relied upon commentaries of all the early Shuruh. Imam Nawawi heavily relied upon it and extensively quotes it in his own commentary. This commentary is language based commentary that explains much of the Gharib text in the Ahadith as well the gharib Ahadith themselves. in many of the Fiqh instances he elobrates various scholars positions of all the schools of thought and sometimes he goes against the opinion of his school and madhab which is the Maliki school.
ABOUT THIS PRINT:
Heavily edited and annotated with much of the opinions of the later scholars added. Extensive biographical assessment of the imam and the various manuscripts of this title is analysed.
ABOUT IMAM MUSLIM:
He is Abū al-Ḥusayn ‘Asākir ad-Dīn Muslim ibn al-Ḥajjāj ibn Muslim ibn Ward ibn Kawshādh al-Qushayrī an-Naysābūrī, commonly known as Imam Muslim, was a Persian Islamic scholar, particularly known as a muhaddith (scholar of hadith). His hadith collection, known as Sahih Muslim, is one of the six major hadith collections in Sunni Islam and is regarded as one of the two most authentic (sahih) collections, alongside Sahih al-Bukhari.
Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj was born in the town of Nishapur in the Abbasid province of Khurasan, in present-day north eastern Iran. Historians differ as to his date of birth, though it is usually given as 202 AH (817/818), 204 AH (819/820), or 206 AH (821/822). Adh-Dhahabi said, "It is said that he was born in the year 204 AH," though he also said, "But I think he was born before that." Ibn Khallikan says that he did not find Muslim's date of birth or age at death reported by any of the hafizes (referring to the hadith masters), though they all agree that he was born after 200 AH (815/816). He writes that Ibn as-Salah, citing Ibn al-Bayyi`'s Kitab `Ulama al-Amsar, states the date to be 206 AH (821/822). Ibn Khallikan writes that he acquired the work and found that Ibn as-Salah based the year of birth on Muslim's age (55 hijri years) and date of death (25 Rajab 261) reported by Ibn al-Bayyi`. He thus agrees that Muslim must have been born in 206 AH (821/822).
The nisbah of "al-Qushayri" signifies Muslim's belonging to the Arab tribe of Banu Qushayr, members of which migrated to the newly conquered Persian territory during the expansion of the Rashidun Caliphate. However, he was not of Arab descent; he was a mawla – attributed to the Qushayr tribe by way of wala' (alliance), according to As-Sam`ani. An ancestor of Muslim may have been a freed slave of a Qushayri, or may have accepted Islam at the hands of a Qushayri. Estimates on how many hadiths are in his books vary from 3,033 to 12,000, depending on whether duplicates are included, or whether the text only or the isnad is also counted. His Sahih is said to share about 2000 hadiths with Bukhari's Sahih.
Among the author's teachers were included Harmala ibn Yahya, Sa'id ibn Mansur, Abd-Allah ibn Maslamah al-Qa'nabi, al-Dhuhali, al-Bukhari, Ibn Ma'in, Yahya ibn Yahya al-Nishaburi al-Tamimi, and others. Among his students were al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Abi Hatim al-Razi, and Ibn Khuzaymah, each of which wrote works on hadith as well. After many studies throughout the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Iraq and Syria, he settled down in his hometown of Nishapur where he first met Bukhari, with whom he would have a friendship until his death.
He died on 25 Rajab 261 AH (May 875) at the age of 55 hijri years, according to Ibn al-Bayyi`, and was buried in Nasarabad, a suburb of Nishapur.
ABOUT AHMED AL-QURTUBI:
He is Imam Ahmed b. Umar b. Ibrahim b. Umar, al-Ansari, al-Andalusi, al-Qurtubi, al-Maliki, Dhiya'u al-Din Abu al-'Abbas was born in 578 hijri in Cordova, Spain/Andalus. He was also known as Ibn al-Muzayyin. Not to be confused with Abu 'Abd Allah Muhammed al-Qurtubi, the author of the famed al-Jami' al-Ahkam al-Qur'an. The later was a student of the former. He was born in a family of scholars and worked travelled extensively. He studied from many scholars and many others have travelled to study from him, from west to the east.
He was a Maliki, and a Ash'ari scholar who wrote many works. Some of the popular ones are;
--- al-Mufham lima Ashkala min Talkhis Kitab Muslim. It is one of his finest works, and much quoted by Imam Nawawi in his own commentary of the Sahih Muslim.
--- Talkhis Sahih Muslim. It is his own abridgement of Sahih Muslim, which then later forms the basis of the commentary, the above title of al-Mufham.
--- Mukhtasar al-Bukhari.
--- Kitab fi Usul al-Fiqh.
--- al-I'lam bi Mu'jizat al-Nabi 'Alayhi al-Salam.
--- Kashf al-Qana' 'an Hukm Masa'il al-Wajd wa'l Sama'
--- Juzz Hadithi fi Izhar Idbar min Abah al-Wata' bi'l Adbar
--- Kitab Sharh al-Talqin. Commentary on al-Talqin fi'l al-Furu' by Abd al-Wahhab b. Ali al-Baghdadi al-Maliki (d. 422)
He passed away 4th of Dhil Qa'dah 656 Hijri.