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Imam Bukhari is a familiar name to many Muslims as his recorded Hadiths are considered the most authentic ones in Islam. Imam Mohammed Al-Bukhari is the most renowned Islamic scholar of Islamic history.
His collection of Prophet Muhammad S.A.W actions, habits and words and events related to Prophet’s life are a great source of knowledge. The number of hadith in his book Sahi Bukhari is 7,275 hadith, including hadith occurring repeatedly. It has been said that this number excluding repeated hadith is 2,230.
Childhood of Imam Bukhari
Abu Abdullah Mohamed bin Ismail Al-Bukhari was a national of Uzbekistan. He was born in the city of Bukhara in 194AH. He was bought up by his mother alone as his father died during his childhood. His mother was able to raise the child perfectly.
His passion for science and love for humanity was all because of his mother’s role in his life. She educated her intelligent son. Imam Bukhari was a bright student, he could memorize and learn quickly.
He got into eye disease and it was believed that he would lose his sight, but he got rid of the disease soon.
The Youth of Imam Bukhari
As a young boy, he had memorized the Quran completely. He gained knowledge of basic Islamic teaching and then memorized Hadiths. He, during his youth, had memorized thousands of Hadiths. He would give visits to religious scholars as well.
At that time the city of Bukhara was developing as one of the major centers of science. Imam Bukhari took advantage of it and used to meet several scientists. He not only gained worldly knowledge but also equipped himself with the knowledge of religion.
He was only 16 years old when he performed his Hajj; he went to Makkah with his mother and brother. He then stayed there to learn more about Islam.
The journey of collecting Hadiths
After visiting Makkah and staying there, he decided to collect the Hadiths. He stayed in Makkah for 6 years to collect the Hadiths.
After that, he went to different countries for the very purpose. He traveled to Baghdad, Kufa, Damascus, Egypt, Khorasan and many other nations.
He studied the Prophet’s life and then hunt for Hadiths. He devoted all his time and effort for the very purpose. This was indeed a difficult task, but he had a passion for it.
Why are Imam Bukhari’s Collected Hadiths are most trusted?
Well, the answer to the question is very simple. Imam Bukhari sticks by an approach that does not let anyone remains in a doubt about the Hadiths.
It is said that he would first perform a Wudu (a virtue performed before offering Salah) followed by two Rakat Salah and then jot down a Hadith.
He would choose a Hadith after carefully inquiring the narrators and the references to it. The person, who was narrating a Hadiths or an event related to Prophet PBUH, shall be trustworthy, disciplined and honest. Only then the Hadiths would be selected.
Also, it should be the same as narrated by his contemporary. Imam Bukhari collected 600,000 Hadiths but selected only 7,275 for the book: these were selected following a strict approach.
Source: Al Arabiya
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