Jami' at-Tirmidhi

Jami' at-Tirmidhi Vol. 1
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Jami' at-Tirmidhi Vol. 2
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Jami' at-Tirmidhi Vol. 3
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Jami' at-Tirmidhi Vol. 4
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Jami' at-Tirmidhi Vol. 5
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Jami' at-Tirmidhi Vol. 6
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Jami` at-Tirmidhi is a collection of hadith compiled by Imam Abu Isa Muhammad at-Tirmidhi. His collection is unanimously considered to be one of the six canonical collections of hadith (Kutub as-Sittah) of the Sunnah of the Prophet (ﷺ). It contains roughly 4400 hadith (with repetitions) in 46 books.

Statements About the Book

Al-Hafidh Abu al-Fadl al-Maqdisi said:

I heard al-Imam Abu Isma'il 'Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Ansari [1] in Harrah - when Abu Isa at-Tirmidhi and his book was mentioned before him - saying: 'To me, his book is better than the book of al-Bukhari and that of Muslim. Because only one who is an expert in knowledge can arrive at the benefit of the books of al-Bukhari and Muslim, whereas in the case of the book of Abu lsa, every one of the people can reach its benefit.[2]

In Jami' al-Usul[3], Ibn al-Athir said:

(It) is the best of the books, having the most benefit, the best organization, with the least repetition. It contains what others do not contain; like mention of the different Madhhabs (views), angles of argument, and clarifying the circumstances of the Hadith being authentic, weak, Gharib (odd), as well as disparaging and endorsing remarks (regarding narrators).

Similarly, more was said by Ibn al-'Arabi in Aridah al-Ahwadhi who listed fourteen categories of benefit in the book.

Adh-Dhahabi said:

In al-Jami' there is useful knowledge, abundant benefits, and a summary of the issues. It is one of the Usul of Islam, if not for the tarnish of the inauthentic ahadith in it, some of which are fabricated - and most of that are about virtues.[4]


Some well known commentaries on Jami' at-Tirmidhi are:

  1. Aridhat al-Ahwadhi by Qadi Abu Bakr ibn 'Arabi in 7 volumes.
  2. Sharh Jami' al-Tirmidhi of which only the last portion remains - Sharh 'Ilal at-Tirmidhi - by Ibn Rajab.
  3. Qut-ul Mughtazi compiled by Jalal ad-Deen as-Suyuti.
  4. Commentary on al-Tirmidhi's Hadith Collection by al-Zayn al-Iraqi.
  5. Footnotes, including explanation and verification, of approximately the first third of the Sunan by Ahmad Muhammad Shakir.
  6. Al-ʿUrf ash-Shadhi Sharh Sunan at-Tirmidhi by Anwar Shah Kashmiri.
  7. Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi bi Sharh Jami' al-Tirmidhi by 'Abd al-Rahman al-Mubarkafuri.


[1] He is Shaykh al-Islam Abu Isma'il 'Abdullah bin Muhammad bin 'Ali al-Ansari al-Haruwi, author of Dham al-Kalam Wa Ahlih, Manazil as-Sa'irin, as well as others. He died in the year 481H. See Tadhkirah al-Huffaz.

[2] Sharut al-A'immah al-Hufadh Ashab al-Kutub as-Sittah. See also Siyar A'lam an-Nubala' 13:277,Al-Bidayah Wan-Nihayah 11:67, and the Introduction to Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi p. 281.

[3] 1:193 pub. Dar al-Fikr.

[4] Siyar A'lam an-Nubala' 13:274.