|Title: As-Sunan as-Sughrā = Sunan Mujtanā = Sunan al-Mujtabā = Sunan an-Nasa’ī (سنن النسائي)|
|Author: Abū Abdur-Rahmān Ahmad b. Shu’ayb an-Nasa’ī (أحمد بن شعيب النسائي أبو عبد الرحمن)|
|Subject: Hadīth, Kitab al-Hadīth, Kutub as-Sittah, Primary Hadith collection, Sunan|
|No. of Volumes: 1 | No. of Pages: 806|
Sunan an-Nasā’ī is a collection of hadīth compiled by Imām Aḥmad an-Nasā’ī (rahimahullāh)(d. 303 AH/915 CE). His collection is unanimously considered to be one of the six canonical collections of hadith (Kutub as-Sittah) of the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW). It contains roughly 5700 hadīth (with repetitions) in 52 books.
In reality when the Imam had finished compiling Sunan Al-Kubra he presented to the governor of Ramalah so the governor asked him “Is it all sahih?” He replied in the negative, thus the governor suggested and requested that he compile another book and gather in there the Sahih Hadith. So then he did this and named his book Sunan Al-Sughra (the small Sunan) and Al-Mujtaba and Mujtana (both mean carefully chosen) and this is the Sunan which we know as Sunan An-Nasa’i. In this book he follows the footsteps of Imam Muslim and Imam al-Bukhari (R.A). Overall most of the ahadith are Sahih and where he narrates a weak narration he clearly clarifies the weakness. Thus it is 3rd in number in the Kutub Sittah after Bukhari and Muslim according to some Ulama’ because of its Sahih narrations. He clearly clarifies the hard words and brings different narrations for particular ahadith as Imam Muslim does.