We have discussed the different methods undertaken by the companions of the Holy Prophet (SAWS) to preserve the Ahadith. An objective study of these methods would prove that although ‘writing’ was not the sole method of their preservation, yet it was never neglected in this process. Inspired by the Holy Prophet (SAWS) himself, a large number of his companions, used to secure the Ahadith in written form.
When we study individual efforts of the companions for compiling Ahadith, we find that thousands of Ahadith were written in the very days of the Holy Prophet (SAWS) and his Four Caliphs. It is not possible to give an exhaustive survey of these efforts, for it will require a separate voluminous book on the subject which is not intended here. Nevertheless, we propose to give a brief account of some outstanding compilations of Ahadith in that early period. It will, at least, refute the misconception that the Ahadith were not complied during the first three centuries.