“The Book of the Virtues"... is a book unique of its kind, unequaled in its arrangement and its comprehensiveness. No one has produced anything resembling it or comparable to it.
This first collection of hadith, consisting of 19 volumes, includes the Seven Great collections of Hadith in Arabic (Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Sunan Abi Daud, Jami' al-Tirmidhi, Sunan al-Nasa'i, Sunan Ibn Maja and the Muwatta' Malik ). In addition the collection includes a reprint of the one hundred year old Sultaniyya edition of Sahih al-Bukhari, in three volumes published by Bulaq Press with its valuable marginal commentary.
Based on Arabic sources of the eighth and ninth centuries, of which some important passages are translated here for the first time, it owes the freshness and directness of its approach to the words of men and women who heard Muhammad speak and witnessed the events of his life.