About The Book
In this book, Imām al-Bukhārī briefly touches on the virtues of acquiring sacred knowledge before engaging in a detailed discussion on the etiquettes of seeking it and disseminating it. He also addresses the various views held by scholars of the generations prior to him and during his life on various technical issues related to ḥadīth sciences and then provides his viewpoints on those issues. He then addresses the prophecy of knowledge being stripped from people during the end times and condemns those who withhold it from others for no valid reason.
This book is an essential source for those pursuing higher Islamic studies. It exposes them to detailed scholarly discussions and exposes Imām al-Bukhārī’s scholarly brilliance. Reading this book will assist a committed student in learning how to conduct a scholarly dialogue with adversaries in a dignified and respectful fashion and presenting their viewpoints in an inoffensive manner.
About The Author
Abū ʿAbdullāh Muḥammad ibn Ismāʿīl ibn Ibrāhīm ibn al-Mughīrah ibn Bardizbah al-Bukhārī was a Persian scholar who was born in Bukhara (present-day Uzbekistan) after the jumuʿah prayer on Friday, Shawwāl 13, 194 AH (July 810 CE).
During his formative years, Imām al-Bukhārī developed the zeal to memorize aḥādīth and began attending the gatherings of contemporary ḥadīth scholars (muḥaddithūn) such as Imām al-Dākhalī.
At the age of 16, Imām al-Bukhārī began a series of journeys to collect aḥādīth. His first quest was to the province of Ḥijāz, in modern-day Saudi Arabia. After residing in Ḥijāz for six years, he travelled to several Islamic countries, including Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Persia. He visited Baṣrah four times and also Kūfah and Baghdād on a number of occasions. From these trips, he collected aḥādīth from a total of 1,080 muḥaddithūn.
Once Imām al-Bukhārī was attending a class of the famous shaykh, Is′ḥāq ibn Rāhway. During the gathering, one person shared an idea with the students of knowledge, “I really wish you people would put together a short book about the practices of Allāh’s Prophet (peace be upon him)!” Imām al-Bukhārī later recalled, “This comment hit my heart!”
Later, Imām al-Bukhārī had a vivid dream in which he stood face to face with Allāh’s beloved Messenger (peace be upon him). The imam could clearly see flies hovering above the Prophet’s head, so he waved a fan to scatter them away. The next day, he consulted dream interpreters, who informed him that the he was going to purify the aḥādīth from all the lies and fabrications that had crept into them. This dream only motivated the imam further.
Thus, in the year 217 AH (9th century CE), at the age of 23, Imām al-Bukhārī began preparing the Jāmiʿ after having travelled many lands to collect aḥādīth. With the help of Allāh, he completed this work in 16 years. From about 600,000 aḥādīth he had compiled from his various teachers, Imām al-Bukhārī carefully selected a final total of 7,563 aḥādīth for his book by carefully scrutinizing the transmission chains. These authentic aḥādīth represent about 1% of his initial collection.
May Allāh continue to shower his infinite mercy upon the soul of Imām al-Bukhārī till the final day.
About The Translator
Shaykh Omar Subedar was born and raised in Toronto , Canada . In 1990 he was inspired by a very close friend to memorize the entire Qur’ān and enrolled in the renowned ‘ Institute of Islamic Education ’, located in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, U.K. Upon committing the entire Qur’ān to memory in 1993 he decided to further his Islamic education by taking the institutes’ Master of Arts program on Islamic Sciences.
Arabic grammar, morphology, semantics, vocabulary and literature.
Islamic Creed (aqīda)
Exegesis (tafsīr) of the Qur’ān and the science of exegesis.
Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh) of the Ḥanafi School (madhab). Comparative studies on all 4 recognized schools (Ḥanafī, Shāfi’ī, Mālik and Ḥanbali) and the science of juristic methodology (usūl al fiqh).
Prophetic Traditions (ḥadīth) and the science of ḥadīth.
Pronunciation of the Qur’ān (tajwīd) and the science of intonation of the Qur’ān according to all the ten major recitations (qirā’āt).
By the grace of Allāh the Shaykh graduated from the program in 2001 with an average of 93% in his final exams and was granted a scholarly license from the institute.
Upon his return the Shaykh taught at the Sharī’ah Program for 3 years. Currently he is the Imam of Jame Makki Masjid Brampton, a member of ‘The Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians’, the secretary general of ‘The Halal Monitoring Authority’, a teacher at takemetoumrah.com and an instructor at the Mathābah.