Sunan al-Kubra lil Behaqi

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Sunan al-Kubra lil Behaqi
Original titleالسنن الكبرى لل بيهقي
GenreHadith collection

Sunan al-Kubra lil Behaqi, (Arabic: السنن الكبرى لل بيهقي‎), or Al-Sunan al-Kabir (Arabic: السنن الكبير‎)[1] is a Hadith book, and has been compiled by Imam Al-Bayhaqi (384 AH – 458 AH).[2]


It is the largest Sunan Book available in history of Hadith collection having almost twenty two thousand (22000) Hadiths according to Maktaba Shamila.[3] A book with similar name (Sunan al-Kubra) is also written by Imam al-Nasa'i having almost twelve thousand (12000) hadiths. This is one of the major hadith compilations by one of the last great hadith memorisers of the 4th century Hijri, of such importance that nothing of its like has been penned down. It is compiled in a fiqh order. The author takes quite an effort in providing narrations in each chapter thereby giving the rulings of such transmissions and how certain scholars have understood it. He also expounds the problematic phrases and or terminologies that might cause misinterpretation as well as those that might seemingly portray contradictions. Many scholars have said that no such work has been penned down like the Sunan al-Kabir.[4]

View of other Scholars regarding the book[edit]

It is one of the most famous collection of Hadith as Imam Adh-Dhahabi ranks him among those 3 books that have most impressed him (with Muhalla of ibn Hazm and Tamhid of ibn Abdel-Barr).[5] Al-Nawawi said in al-Taqrib that one should be devoted to it, as nothing has been written like it, and al-Suyuti, commenting on this statement in Tadrib al-Rawi, agreed. Al-Sakhawi said in Fath al-Mughith that one must not limit oneself from it (by sufficing with the other sunan works of Abu Dawud, al-Nasa’i, and al-Tirmidhi) due to its comprehensiveness in most of the ahadith al-ahkam. Al-Sakhawi further added that its true rank is only after the Sahihayn of al-Bukhari and Muslim, coming before the sunan of Abu Dawud, al-Nasa’i, and al-Tirmidhi, which take precedence only by merit of being earlier and thus with shorter chains. Al-Dhahabi said there is nothing like it and considered it to be one of the four masterpieces a scholar cannot do without, alongside al-Muhalla by Ibn Hazm, al-Mughni by Ibn Qudamah, and al-Tamhid by Ibn Abd al-Barr. Taj al-Din al-Subki said no other book had been written with such classification, arrangement, and elegance.[6]


Among those who have written commentaries on this hadith collection are:

  • Al-Sunan al-Kabir 24 VOLUMES (السنن الكبير) Commentary by Shaykh al-Turki: Published: Dar 'Aalim al-Kutub | Riyad, Sa'udi in 2013[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "al-Sunan al-Kabir 24 VOLUMES (السنن الكبير) Imam al-Bayhaqi + Shaykh A. al-Turki". Retrieved Apr 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Al-Sunan al-Kubra lil Bayhaqi Urdu (12 Volume Set) السنن الكبرى للبيهقي". albalaghbooks Bookstore. Retrieved Apr 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Sunan Al-Kubra (سنن البہیقی)". Retrieved Apr 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "al-Sunan al-Kabir 24 VOLUMES (السنن الكبير) Imam al-Bayhaqi + Shaykh A. al-Turki". Retrieved Apr 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "As-Sunan al-Kubra of Hafidh al-Bayhaqi". Retrieved Apr 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sunan Al-Kubra (سنن البہیقی)". Retrieved Apr 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "al-Sunan al-Kabir 24 VOLUMES (السنن الكبير) Imam al-Bayhaqi + Shaykh A. al-Turki". Retrieved Apr 29, 2019.

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