Sunan Abu Dawood

The hadith collection is gathered by Imam Abu Dawood. There are 5,274 hadees and 52 chapters in this hadith collection. Sunan Abu Dawood is one of the most distinctive guides towards Sunnah, teachings, and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him. It briefly explains all aspects of Islam and teaches how to live a life full of good deeds by following the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him

Book Name Sunan Abu Dawood
Writer Imam Abu Dawood
Total Chapters 52
Total Hadith 5274
Chapter No. Name Total Hadith
1 Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah) 390 Hadith
2 Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat) 770 Hadith
3 The Book Of The Prayer For Rain (Kitab al-Istisqa) 37 Hadith
4 Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Rules of Law about the Prayer during Journey 52 Hadith
5 Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Voluntary Prayers 121 Hadith
6 Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Injunctions about Ramadan 30 Hadith
7 Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Prostration while reciting the Qur'an 15 Hadith
8 Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Detailed Injunctions about Witr 140 Hadith
9 Zakat (Kitab Al-Zakat) 145 Hadith
10 The Book of Lost and Found Items 20 Hadith
11 The Rites of Hajj (Kitab Al-Manasik Wa'l-Hajj) 325 Hadith
12 Marriage (Kitab Al-Nikah) 129 Hadith
13 Divorce (Kitab Al-Talaq) 138 Hadith
14 Fasting (Kitab Al-Siyam) 164 Hadith
15 Jihad (Kitab Al-Jihad) 311 Hadith
16 Sacrifice (Kitab Al-Dahaya) 56 Hadith
17 Game (Kitab Al-Said) 18 Hadith
18 Wills (Kitab Al-Wasaya) 23 Hadith
19 Shares of Inheritance (Kitab Al-Fara'id) 43 Hadith
20 Tribute, Spoils, and Rulership (Kitab Al-Kharaj, Wal-Fai' Wal-Imarah) 161 Hadith
21 Funerals (Kitab Al-Jana'iz) 153 Hadith
22 Oaths and Vows (Kitab Al-Aiman Wa Al-Nudhur) 84 Hadith
23 Commercial Transactions (Kitab Al-Buyu) 90 Hadith
24 Wages (Kitab Al-Ijarah) 155 Hadith
25 The Office of the Judge (Kitab Al-Aqdiyah) 70 Hadith
26 Knowledge (Kitab Al-Ilm) 28 Hadith
27 Drinks (Kitab Al-Ashribah) 67 Hadith
28 Foods (Kitab Al-At'imah) 119 Hadith
29 Medicine (Kitab Al-Tibb) 49 Hadith
30 Divination and Omens (Kitab Al-Kahanah Wa Al-Tatayyur) 22 Hadith
31 The Book of Manumission of Slaves 43 Hadith
32 Dialects and Readings of the Qur'an (Kitab Al-Huruf Wa Al-Qira'at) 40 Hadith
33 Hot Baths (Kitab Al-Hammam) 11 Hadith
34 Clothing (Kitab Al-Libas) 139 Hadith
35 Combing the Hair (Kitab Al-Tarajjul) 55 Hadith
36 Signet-Rings (Kitab Al-Khatam) 26 Hadith
37 Trials and Fierce Battles (Kitab Al-Fitan Wa Al-Malahim) 39 Hadith
38 The Promised Deliverer (Kitab Al-Mahdi) 12 Hadith
39 Battles (Kitab Al-Malahim) 60 Hadith
40 Prescribed Punishments (Kitab Al-Hudud) 143 Hadith
41 Types of Blood-Wit (Kitab Al-Diyat) 102 Hadith
42 Model Behavior of the Prophet (Kitab Al-Sunnah) 177 Hadith
43 General Behavior (Kitab Al-Adab) 502 Hadith

Sunan Abu Dawood in English

Imam Abu Dawood gathered around 500,000 hadiths but only around 5,200 are present in this collection. However, it is regarded as the fourth in the strength of their six main hadith collections. He did 20 years of hard work to gather hadiths. In addition, he did several journeys to meet most of the foremost traditionalists of his time and acquired from them the most reliable hadiths, quoting sources through which it reached him.

In the books, there are discussions regarding all the problems or confusion that the people had in the earlier days of Islam. This book also has the acts of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him and the policies and rules that were supported by them.

In the book, Sunan Abu Dawood also mentions that if he leaves a hadith without any comment or suggestion, it must be sound and there are some particular hadith that are more authentic then the others.

There were approximately 500,000 hadith compiled by Abu Dawood out of which only 4,800 were written in his collection. The compilation of hadith and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him was carried out with extreme precautions.

There was a set of rules that were implemented to check the authenticity of the hadith. It took Abu Dawood 20 long years to collect and compile the hadith.

The finalization of the book meant that these 4,800 hadith were positive, promoting brotherhood, guiding to the right path and were not negative at all.

He also traveled a lot during the compilation to meet the source of the hadith to verify whether the hadith was reliable or not.

The content of this book entails methods of purification, Zakat, prayer, making promises, Prophets Muhammad Peace be upon him sayings regarding Paradise, marriage, divorce, fasting and much more.


Sunan Abu Dawood in English translation is one of the books of Sahah Sitta, the books of hadith collected by Imam Abu Dawood. Abu Dawood compiled twenty-one books related to Hadith and preferred those Hadith which were supported by the example of the companions of Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him. The traditions in Sunan Abu Dawood hadith books are divided into three categories. The first category consists of those traditions that are mentioned by Bukhari and/or Muslim. The second types of traditions are those which fulfill the conditions of Bukhari or Muslim.


Sunan Abu Dawood hadith book consists of many chapters and Hadith related to many aspects of life. The compilation of Sunan Abi Dawood is done in a different way from other books of Sitta. Sunnis regard this collection in the book as fourth in the strength of their six major books of Sahah Sitta. It took Abu Dawood 20 years to collect the Hadiths. He made a series of journeys to meet most of the traditionists of his time and acquired from them the most reliable Hadiths, quoting sources through which it reached him. He researched so many Ahadith and compiled the authentic ones in Sunan Abu Dawood. Since the author collected Hadiths which no one had ever assembled together, his Sunan has been accepted as a standard work by scholars from many parts of the Islamic world. Sunan Abu Dawood in English has been translated for the ease of people to understand the hadith. Here you can find all the chapters of the book and all the authentic hadith.

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