I wanted to confirm if Aaisha (may Allah be pleased with her) was 3rd or 4th in rank in narration of hadiths. I believe the order was Abu-Hurayra (transmits over 5000 hadiths), Abdullah Ibn-Omar (transmits over 2600 hadiths), and Aaisha (transmits over 2000 hadiths). However, did Anas ibn Malik narrate more hadith than Aaisha (may Allah be pleased with all of them)?
Seven Companion-narrators narrated in the 1,000s. Ibn Zahira said:
سبع من الصحب فوق الألف قد نقلوا * من الحديث عن المختار خير مضر أبو هريرة ، سعد، جابر، أنس ، * صديقة ، وابن عباس ، كذا ابن عمر
“Seven of the Companions have definitely transmitted over a thousand of the hadiths from the Elect, the best of the Mudar tribe:
“Abu Hurayra, Sa`d, Jabir, Anas, Siddiqa, Ibn `Abbas, and also Ibn `Umar.”
They are ranked thus in descending order of volume:
- Abu Hurayra – narrated 5,374 hadiths
- Ibn `Umar – narrated 2,600 hadiths
- Anas b. Malik – narrated 2,286 hadiths
- `A’isha – narrated 2,210 hadiths
- Ibn `Abbas – narrated 1,660 hadiths
- Jabir b. `Abd Allah – narrated 1,540 hadiths
- Abu Sa`id al-Khudri – narrated 1,170 hadiths
After that come:
- Ibn Mas`ud – narrated 848 hadiths
- `Abd Allah b. `Amr b. al-`As – narrated 700 hadiths
Allah be well-pleased with all of them.
– al-`Iraqi, Sharh al-Tabsira wal-Tadhkira (chapter on Defining the
Companions, section on the High-Frequency Narrators among the
– al-Sakhawi, Fath al-Mughith (chapter on Defining the Companions,
section on the High-Frequency Narrators among the Companions).
Hajj Gibril Haddad