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Abu Dawud Sulayman ibn al-Ash‘ath al-Azdi al-Sijistani
Personal Details
Born 817–18 CE
Died 889 CE
Ethnicity Persian
Era Islamic golden age
Occupation muhaddith
Religion Islam
Denomination Sunni Islam
Jurisprudence Hanbali and ijtihad
Main interest(s) ḥadīth and fiqh
Notable work(s) Sunan Abī Dāwūd

Abu Dawud Sulaymān ibn al-Ash‘ath al-Azdi as-Sijistani Arabic: أبو داود سليمان بن الأشعث الأزدي السجستاني), commonly known simply as Abu Dawud, was a noted Persian collector of prophetic hadith, and compiled the third of the six "canonical" hadith collections recognized by Sunni Muslims, the Sunan Abu Dāwūd.


Abu Dawud was born in Sistan, eastern Iran (then-Persia) and died in 889 in Basra. Widely traveled among scholars of hadith, he went to Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Hijaz, Tihamah, Khurasan, Nishapur, and Marv among other places in order to collect hadith. He was primarily interested in jurisprudence, and as a result his collection focused largely on legal hadith. Out of about 500,000 hadith, he chose 4,800 for inclusion in his work.

School of thought and Quotes

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

From this book of mine four (4) Hadith are sufficient for an intelligent and insightful person.[2] They are:


He wrote some 21 books in total. Some of the most prominent are:

Early Islam scholars

See also


  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. "Imam Abu Dawud". www.sunnah.org. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  3. Shahih Al Bukhari, Imam Al Bukthari, Vol.1 Book 1 Hadith 1
  4. Translation of the Risālah by Abū Dāwūd Archived August 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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