Sunan Abu Dawud is one of the six important and authentic collections (Sihah Sittah) of the Prophetic Traditions. Imam Abu Dawud, following the practise of his time. travelled far and wide to collect Ahaadith. He visited Hijaz, Iraq, Khuraasan, Egypt, Syria, Nishapur, Marv and Isfahan for this purpose. His proficiency in Hadith is accepted. He also had keen insight in law (fiqh.) His Sunan, naturally is replete with legal traditions; it also indicates his point of view on various questions and his acumen in Ijtihad.
The Sunan is Imam Abu Dawud's most important work. It has 4800 traditions selected from a mass of 50,000. It can called one of the fundamental works of Hadith.
This is the English Translation with Explanatory notes by Prof. Ahmad Hasan.