Biography for Imam an-Nasaa’ee

Not to be confused with Imam an Nisaa’ee

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Imaam An-Nasaa’ee [d.234H]

His Name, Lineage and Birth He was Abu Khaythama Zuhayr bin Harb bin Shadaad An-Nasaa’ee [With a fat-ha on the Noon (An “a” after the “n”). This is an ascription to a city that was near Khuraasaan, called Nasaa. People from there ascribe themselves to it with “Naswee” also]. He was a great Haafidh, reliable in narration and firm in memory. He was born in the year 160H.

His Teachers He narrated Hadeeth from many scholars, the likes of Sufyaan bin ‘Uyaynah, Hushaym bin Basheer, Yahyaa bin Sa’eed Al Qattaan, ‘Abdur-Rahmaan bin Mahdee, Wakee’ and many others.

His Students Similarly, many scholars narrated from him, such as Al Bukhaaree and Muslim, the latter of who reported so many Hadeeth on his authority that they number past a thousand. [This includes his son, Abu Bakr, Ahmad bin Abee Khaythama, may Allaah have mercy on him. He was from Baghdad. He authored the book At-Taareekh Al Kabeer.
Ad-Daraqutnee said about him: “He was reliable and trustworthy.” Al Khateeb Al Baghdaadee said: “He was a reliable scholar, a precise Haafidh, knowledgeable of the history of people and the narrations of poetry. He studied Hadeeth under Ahmad bin Hanbal and Ibn Ma’een. He died in the month of Jumaada Al Oolaa, 289H at the age of 94 years.]

Scholar’s Praise for Him The scholars agree unanimously upon his reliability and trustworthiness (in the field of Hadeeth).
Ibn Hibbaan (rahimahullaah) said of him: “He was precise and accurate in memory – from the peers of Ahmad and Yahyaa bin Ma’een.”
Al Khateeb Al Baghdaadee (rahimahullaah) said in his Taareekh Baghdaad (8/482): “He was reliable, trustworthy, possessed good memory and was precise.”

His Death He died in the year 234H, may Allaah have mercy on him.

From Imaam Al Albaanee’s verification/checking of Abu Khaythamah’s treatise Kitaab-ul-‘Ilm (pg. 3). [This complete book has been translated into English] Produced by

{Note: Slightly modified from the original. What is between […..] are translator’s footnotes which have been added to the text for fluency}


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