is known only through the "Traditions" of the "Prophet," which are
technically termed Ahadith (sing. Hadith ( ) often pronounced Hadis) to
distinguish them from the Tales about Muhammad known as Riwayat ( ).
Many collections of these Traditions have been made by leading Muhammadan theologians, the most 1
famous of which, and those which are acknowledged by the Sunnis, are the six following:—the "Muwatta"
of Malik ibn Anas, the "Sahih" of Al Bukhari, the "Sahih" of his
friend Muslim, the "Sunan" of Abu Daud Sulaiman, the "Jami"' of Al
Tirmidhi, and the "Kitabu's Sunan" of Muhammad ibn Yazidi'l Kasimir.2
The authority of any genuine Tradition ranks next to that of the Qur'an itself, but a very great
degree of uncertainty