Abu Dawud al-Sijistani

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Sulaymān ibn al-Ash‘ath ibn Isḥāq al-Azdī, Abū Dāwūd (Dā’ūd) al-Sijistānī
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Abu Dawud's name in the style of Arabic calligraphy
Born817–18 CE / 202 AH
Died889 CE / 275 AH
Basra, Abbasid Caliphate
EraIslamic golden age
(Abbasid era)
Main interest(s)ḥadīth and fiqh
Notable work(s)Sunan Abī Dāwūd
Muslim leader

Abū Dāwūd (Dā’ūd) Sulaymān ibn al-Ash‘ath ibn Isḥāq al-Azdī al-Sijistānī (Arabic: أبو داود سليمان بن الأشعث الأزدي السجستاني‎), commonly known simply as Abū Dāwūd al-Sijistānī, was a scholar of prophetic hadith who compiled the third of the six "canonical" hadith collections recognized by Sunni Muslims, the Sunan Abu Dāwūd. He was a Persian of Arab descent.[2]


Abū Dā’ūd was born in Sistan and died in 889 in Basra. He traveled widely collecting ḥadīth (traditions) from scholars in Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Hijaz, Tihamah, Nishapur, and Merv among other places. His focus on legal ḥadīth arose from a particular interest in fiqh (law). His collection included 4,800 ḥadīth, selected from some 500,000. His son, Abū Bakr ‘Abd Allāh ibn Abī Dā’ūd (died 928/929), was a well known ḥāfiẓ and author of Kitāb al-Masābīh, whose famous pupil was Abū 'Abd Allāh al-Marzubānī.[3][4]

School of thought and Quotes[edit]

Imam Abu Dawud was a follower of Hanbali although some have consider him Shafi.[5]

Imam Abu Dawud himself has stated: "From this book of mine four (4) Hadith are sufficient for an intelligent and insightful person.[6] They are:

  • Deeds are to be judged only by intentions.[7]
  • Part of a man's good observance of Islam is that he leaves alone that which does not concern him.
  • None of you can be a believer unless you love for your brother that which you love for yourself.
  • The permitted (halal) is clear, and the forbidden (haram) is clear, between these two are doubtful matters. Whosoever abstains from these doubtful matters has saved his religion."


Principal among his twenty-one works:

  • Sunan Abu Dāwūd; contains 4,800 hadith – mostly sahih (authenticated), some marked ḍaʿīf (unauthenticated) – usually numbered after the edition of Muhammad Muhyi al-Din `Abd al-Hamid (Cairo: Matba`at Mustafa Muhammad, 1354/1935), where 5,274 are distinguished. Islamic scholar Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani), and some others, believe a number of the unmarked hadith are ḍaʿīf.
  • Kitab al-Marāsīl, lists 600 extensively investigated sahih mursal hadith.
  • Risālat Abu Dāwūd ilā Ahli Makkah; letter to the people of Makkah describing his Sunan Abu Dāwūd.[8]
  • Kitāb al-Masāhif, catalogs non-Uthmanic variants of the Qur'an text

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Al-Bastawī, ʻAbd al-ʻAlīm ʻAbd al-ʻAẓīm (1990). Al-Imām al-Jūzajānī wa-manhajuhu fi al-jarḥ wa-al-taʻdīl. Maktabat Dār al-Ṭaḥāwī. p. 9.
  2. ^ a b Frye, R. N.; Fisher, William Bayne; Frye, Richard Nelson; Avery, Peter; Boyle, John Andrew; Gershevitch, Ilya; Jackson, Peter (1975-06-26). The Cambridge History of Iran. Cambridge University Press. p. 471. ISBN 978-0-521-20093-6. Abu Da'ud Sulaiman b. Ash'ath al-Sijistani, a Persian but of Arab descent, who died in 275/888-9.
  3. ^ Nadīm (al) 1970, pp. 164–6.
  4. ^ Khallikān (Ibn) 1843, p. 590, I.
  5. ^ http://www.islamicencyclopedia.org/islamic-pedia-topic.php?id=54
  6. ^ "Imam Abu Dawud". www.sunnah.org. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  7. ^ Shahih Al Bukhari, Imam Al Bukthari, Vol.1 Book 1 Hadith 1
  8. ^ "Translation of the Risālah by Abū Dāwūd". Archived from the original on August 19, 2009.


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