belief in Allah and His Prophet (may peace be upon him).
The outcome of my humble labour is before Allah and men. If there is any
merit discernible in it, it is absolutely due to the unbounded Grace and Mercy
of the Merciful Allah, but for all acts of omission and commission I alone am
I am highly indebted to Malik Ghulam 'Ali, an eminent scholar of Hadith and
Fiqh who, on my humble request, agreed to revise the whole of the manuscript.
His guidance has been of such a great help to me that no words can adequately
express my feelings of indebtedness to him. I am also obliged to Maulana Sayyid
Abu'l-A'la Mandudi, who always helped and guided me in this arduous task. Dr 'Abid
Ahmad 'Ali also helped me in the revision of translation for which I am highly
obliged to him.
I have undertaken this work in the capacity of a Fellow of the Islamic
Research Academy, Karachi. The Academy had assigned to me some other projects,
but when I requested its Directors to permit me to undertake the translation of
the Sahih Muslim, they readily agreed. I am in this connection very much
obliged to Professor Khurshid Ahmad and the late Ch. Ghulam Muhammad. Both these
gentlemen treated me with generosity and evinced keen interest in the progress
of this work.
Sayyid 'Ata' Husain, Manager of Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, has been a constant
source of help and encouragement to me. It is due to his selfless efforts that
this work is seeing the light of day.
To Mr Mohammad Ashraf Darr I am particularly indebted for his very keen
interest in the project and for his active collaboration in not only seeing the
publication through the press, but also critically examining the manuscript and
giving me valuable suggestions at every step, which have gone far in giving this
book the look and shape that it bears.
Ch. 'Abdur Rahman typed the manuscript with great skill and interest and I am
obliged to him for this valuable service.
The staff of the Punjab Public Library, Lahore, deserve my special thanks for
their willing co-operation in providing me books and other facilities.
Last but not least I owe a debt of gratitude to my publisher. Shaikh Muhammad
Ashraf, who, in spite of his heavy responsibilities, agreed to undertake such a
big project and took keen personal interest in its publication.
'Abdul Hamid Siddiqi