A BRIEF HISTORY OF AHADÎTH COMPILERS BY: MR. SULAIMAN IBRÂHÎM, A SCHOLAR OF THE QUR’ÂN FOR OVER 50 YEARS
It should be known that none of the Hadîth book writers were of Arab origin. Many were of Persian descent. They also did not live during the time of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (a.s) (7th century of the Christian era) or the sahabâhs time (Allâh is pleased with them-refer 9-100 & 8-63/4) or their immediate followers, nor did they meet in person with any of them. They lived approximately 250 to 300 years after the Prophet! That is in the 10th century of the Christian era. They collected their information from those who were not ear or eye witnesses! Here follows a historical breakdown of two of the most well known Hadîth book writers:
(1) Name of Composer: Imâm Muhammad Ismâ’îl Bukhârî
Resident of: Bokhara ~ Died in the year: 260 After Hijrah.
Ahadîth collected: 600,000 ~ Number rejected 597,238
Number of Ahadîth selected for composition: 2,762
Percentage accepted 0.46% percentage rejected 99.54%
(2) Name of Composer: Imâm Muslim Bin Hajjaj – [claimed to be a student of Bukhârî]
Resident of: Neshapu ~ Died in the year: 261 After Hijrah.
Ahadîth collected: 300,000 ~ Number rejected 295, 652
Percentage accepted 1.45% ~ percentage rejected 98.55%
Number of Ahadîth selected for composition: 4,348
(3) Name of Composer: Imâm Abû ‘Îsâ Muhammad Tirmidhî
Resident of: Tirmaz ~ Died in the year: 279 After Hijrah.
Ahadîth collected: 300,000 ~ Number rejected 296, 885
Percentage accepted 1.04% ~ percentage rejected 98.96%
Number of Ahadîth selected for composition: 3,115