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Malik's Muwatta

Translators `A'isha `Abdarahman at-Tarjumana and Ya`qub Johnson


Malik's Muwatta ("the well-trodden path") is a collection of two items: the sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (also known as the sunnah). The reports of the Prophet's sayings and deeds are called ahadith. the legal opinions and decisions of the Prophet's Companions, their successors, and some later authorities. Malik (full name Malik bin Anas bin Malik bin Abu Amir Al-Asbahi) was born in 93 A.H. and died in 179 A.H. He lived most of his life in Madinah, the city in which the Prophet (pbuh) settled in. He was a preeminent scholar of Islam, and is the originator of the Maliki judicial school of thought. He is reputed to have had over one thousand students. During Malik's lifetime, he steadily revised his Muwatta, so it reflects over forty years of his learning and knowledge. It contains a few thousand hadith. It is important to realize, however, that Malik's collection is not complete: there are other scholars who worked as Malik did and collected other reports.

English Translation of Sunan Abu-Dawud
  1. The Times of Prayer
  2. Purity
  3. Prayer
  4. Forgetfulness in Prayer
  5. Jumu'a
  6. Prayer in Ramadan
  7. Tahajjud
  8. Prayer in Congregation
  9. Shortening the Prayer
  10. The Two 'Ids
  11. The Fear Prayer
  12. The Eclipse Prayer
  13. Asking for Rain
  14. The Qibla
  15. The Qur'an
  16. Burials
  17. Zakat
  18. Fasting
  19. I'tikaf in Ramadan
  20. Hajj
  21. Jihad
  22. Vows and Oaths
  23. Sacrificial Animals
  24. Slaughtering Animals
  25. Game
  26. The 'Aqiqa
  27. Fara'id
  28. Marriage
  29. Divorce
  30. Suckling
  31. Business Transactions
  32. Qirad
  33. Sharecropping
  34. Renting Land
  35. Pre-emption in Property
  36. Judgements
  37. Wills and Testaments
  38. Setting Free and Wala'
  39. The Mukatab
  40. Hudud
  41. The Mudabbar
  42. Drinks
  43. Blood-Money
  44. The Oath of Qasama
  45. Madina
  46. The Decree
  47. Good Character
  48. Dress
  49. The Description of the Prophet, may Allah Bless Him and Grant Him Peace
  50. The Evil Eye
  51. Hair
  52. Visions
  53. Greetings
  54. General Subjects
  55. The Oath of Allegiance
  56. Speech
  57. Jahannam
  58. Sadaqa
  59. Knowledge
  60. The Supplication of the Unjustly Wronged
  61. The Names of the Prophet, may Allah Bless Him and Grant Him Peace