Sunan an-Nasa'i

Sunan Al-Nasa'i is one of the most authentic books in Sahih Sittah and was compiled by Persian Muhaddith Al-Nasai. Sunan an-Nasa'i, originally known as Al Sunan al-Sughra, was compiled in 915 AD by al-Nasa’i and has about 5270 Hadiths derived from his larger work of as-Sunan al-Kubra.

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Sunan an-Nasa'i

سنن النسائي

Sunan an-Nasa'i is a collection of hadith compiled by Ahmad an-Nasa'i. It is unanimously considered to be one of the six canonical collections of hadith (Kutub as-Sittah) of the Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ). It contains roughly 5700 hadith (with repetitions) in 52 books.

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About Sunan an-Nasa'i

Sunan an-Nasa'i, originally known as Al Sunan al-Sughra, was compiled in 915 AD by al-Nasa’i and has about 5270 Hadiths derived from his larger work of as-Sunan al-Kubra. Many scholars, like al-Hafiz ibn Hajar, consider it the most authentic book after Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. The book was published and edited by Sayyid Kasrawi Hasan in 1991 in 6 volumes and contains 52 chapters that teach us about every aspect of life. It covers chapters on purification, ghusal, salah, mensuration, wills, gifts, faith, agriculture, hunting, aqiqa, slaughtering animals, and more.

About Al-Nasai.

Ahmad ibn Shu'ayb ibn Ali ibn Sinan Abu Abd ar-Rahman al-Nasai, also known as Imam Ahmad an-Nasai, was born in Nasa in the year 214 After Hijrah, a place located in modern-day Western Asia known as Khurasan. It was the center of Islamic studies where big scholars and Ulama of Islam studied Hadith and Fiqh, including Imam Bukhari and Muslim.

Like all the other authors of Hadith, Imam Ahmad, and Nasai also began his travel at the early age of 20 years to study hadith and seek Islamic knowledge. He traveled across the Arabian Peninsula, which includes Iraq, Kufa, Hijaz, Syria, and, at last, Egypt, where he settled down till the end of his days.

Imam Ahmad an-Nasai was known for his sharp memory and taqwa, and Al-Dhahabi would call him the most knowledgeable Imam in Egypt. He was an honored man known for his religious practices. He would take part in Jihad, perform Hajj almost every year, spend his nights worshipping Allah following the Sunnah of the Prophet (S.A.W), and even fast every other day. He was the student of Imam Abu Dawud Al-Sijistani (author of Sunan Abi Dawud), Ishaq ibn Rahwehm, and Qutaibah ibn Saeed and was a teacher to some great scholars in Islamic history.

He died at the age of 88 years when he was traveling to Makkah from Ramallah, Palestine, on 13th Safar 303 AH and was buried between Safa and Marwa.

Structure of Sunan an-Nasa'i

Sunan an-Nasai, also known as Sunan as-Sughra, was compiled following the footsteps of Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim. The hadith collected are mostly Sahih and only a few of them are weak, for which a clarification is provided as to what makes this hadith weak. Some scholars give it the third place in Kutub Sittah after Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim as it consists mainly of Sahih Hadiths. The book consists of around 5700 Hadith (with repetitions) in 52 books or chapters. Each chapter consists of all the Hadiths related to a single or related topic, so you can easily find and learn about it in the light of Sunnah.

Methods of Classification and Annotation

Imam Ahmad an-Nasai was praised by all the great scholars of his time. Abu Bakr al-Haddad narrated for Imam Nasai, "I am pleased with him as an authority between Allah and I." Abu Ali an-Naysapuri said for Imam Nasai, "He was from amongst the leaders of the Muslims."

He compiled all the Sahih and weak hadith in a book called Sunan al-Kubra. He explained all the sources and chains of the hadith in the book. When he presented this book as a gift to the leader of Ramallah, he asked if the compilation only had Sahih Hadith, to which Imam Nasai replied with a no, telling him about the presence of weak hadith, though small in numbers. On which the leader requested him to compile only the authentic Hadiths. So, he compiled the strong hadiths and named the book Sunan as-Sughra, which we also call Sunan an-Nasai.

Imam an-Nasai has compiled a few chapters and subchapters of a Nasai that start with the verse of the Quran. There are a total of 20 verses of the Quran used in an-Nasai. For the narrators of the hadith, there were three levels:

  1. People with sharp memory and strong character with no shortcomings. They were honest and trustworthy.
  2. Narrators with slightly less memory but perfect characters were trustworthy and also knowledgeable.
  3. Narrators that may have a good memory, but their honesty was a subject of discussion.

The last level was considered as the weak one while the hadith from the first two levels are considered as Sahih Hadiths.

Explanation of Terms

A few terms that you might find in Sunan an Nasai that need explanation for better understanding are:

  • Tahara: It means purification. It specifically directs to the purification we do before prayer, including wudu and ghusl.
  • Istihada: In literal meaning, istihada refers to flowing blood. It refers to the mensuration time of women that forbids them from offering Salah.
  • Tayammum: It is the procedure of purification before salah when water is not available. A clean surface or dust is used to perform tayammum that fulfills the requirements of purity, just like wudu.
  • Al-Bayah: It's like an oath taken between a leader and his tribe. As long as the leader fulfills his duties towards his people, they are to remain loyal to him and follow his commands.

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Legal and Ethical Considerations

Sunan an-Nasai is considered the third most authentic Hadith book by many scholars of Islam after Sahih Bukhari and Muslim. Each narration's authenticity has been checked by renowned scholars in Islam, including the author Imam Ahmad an-Nasai. He also has a few weak Hadiths, and he has mentioned the reasons for it being weak. While using the hadith from the book, always quote the hadith with the name of the narrators and cite the hadith by providing the book number, volume, and Hadith number. While mentioning the weak hadith, also mention its reason for being weak provided by the author of the book.