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Al-Sihah al-Sitta

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Most Important Hadith Books
(The Four Books)
(The Authentic Six)

Al-Ṣiḥāḥ al-Sitta (Arabic: الصحاح الستة, literally: the Authentic Six) refers to 6 huge Sunni collections of hadiths. They are very reliable for Sunni Muslims and are considered as their most important religious sources after the Qur'an. Only two of these sources are entitled, "Sahih" (reliable) and the rest are entitled, "Sunan" (traditions), but all of them are called "Sihah" (plural form of "Sahih"). They include: Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abi Dawud, Sunan Ibn Maja, Sunan al-Tirmidhi, and Sunan al-Nasa'i.

On the basis of Shiite, and even some Sunni, criteria for the evaluation of hadiths, some hadiths in these sources are unreliable, and even fabricated.