|Title: Kitab al-Sunan = al-Sunan al-Kubrā (السنن الكبرى)|
|Author: Imam Abū Adur-Rahmān Ahmad b. Shu’ayb an-Nasaī (أحمد بن شعيب النسائي أبو عبد الرحمن)|
|Subject: Hadīth, Kitab al-Hadīth, Primary Hadith collection, Sunan|
|No. of Volumes: 13 | No. of Pages: 7544|
‘Kitab al-Sunan’ or ‘Al-Sunan al-Kubra’ is the collection of Hadith by Imam Ahmad b. Shu’ayb an-Nasai (rahimullah)(d. 303 AH/915 CE), a leader in Hadith sciences and a prominent Muslim scholar who hailed from the city of Nasa (in present-day Nisa, Turkmenistan).
An-Nasā’ī gave As-Sunan al-Kubra to the mayor of Ramlah region. The mayor asked An-Nasā’ī, “Does this book contain all authentic hadith?” He answered honestly, “There are authentic, good, and nearly identical hadiths in it.” The mayor said again, “If so, can you recompile only authentic hadiths?”
Based on this request, he then tightly selected the contents of al-Sunan al-Kubra, only into authentic hadiths, and finally downsizing it into As-Sunan As-Sughra which is a part of the Kutub as-Sittah (the six canonical works of Hadith).