Praise be to Allaah.
There are many books which may be used to help find out about
the soundness of hadeeth, some of which are organized by topic and others
are organized by first words, and some by the names of narrators.
These books include Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer and
Da’eef al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, both by Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have
mercy on him). These are organized by the first words of hadeeth, and by
Another book is Irwa’ al-Ghaleel fi Takhreej Ahaadeeth
Manaar al-Sabeel, also by al-Albaani. This is organized by fiqhi
Another book is al-Talkhees al-Habeer fi Takhreej
Ahaadeeth al-Raafa’i al-Kabeer, by al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar al-‘Aqsallaani,
and Nasab al-Raayah fi Takhreej Ahaadeeth al-Hidaayah by Haafiz
al-Zayla’i, both of which are organized by fiqhi subjects.
Another book is Tuhfat al-Ashraaf bi Ma’rifat al-Atraaf
by al-Haafiz al-Mazzi, which is organized by the names of narrators, in
alphabetical order. When he quotes a hadeeth he mentions the imams who
narrated it, and he puts in front of the hadeeth for example (kha’ meem
ta’) i.e., it was narrated by al-Bukhaari, Muslim and al-Tirmidhi.
As for computer programs, there are many, the most useful of
which is Burnamaj al-hHdeeth al-Shareef, by the Harf company, and
Burnamaj al-Mawsoo’ah al-Dhahabiyyah li’l-Turaath, and Burnamaj
And Allaah knows best.