Indeed all praise is for Allah, we praise Him and we seek His aid and we seek His forgiveness. And we seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our souls and from our wicked deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides, none can misguide, and whomsoever Alaah misguides, none can guide.
We further bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah alone, without partner or associate, and we bear witness that Muhammad (sal-Allaahu alayhe wa sallam) is His slave and Messenger.
This book is a translation of the introduction to the Urdu booklet 'Intikhaab-e- Hadeeth' (The Compilation of Hadeeth) of Shaykh Abdul Ghaffar Hassan Rehmaanee.
In this treatise Shaykh Abdul Ghaffar Hassan deals with the topic of the compilation of hadeeth. The Shaykh explains various issues related to the preservation and compilation of hadeeth, including the method of preservation, the periods of compilation of hadeeth and the first books of hadeeth.
The Shaykh goes onto explain the different sciences of hadeeth that were developed to preserve and explain the ahaadeeth and other books written on various subjects over the centuries.
May Allah reward the Shaykh for this booklet explaining the compilation of hadeeth. We ask Allah to accept this work as a sincere act and that He place it in our scale of good deeds on the Day of Judgement. And we ask that He benefit all the Muslims generally with it. Ameen.