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  • Sahih Al-Bukhari

    Arsalan Riaz updated 3 years, 2 months ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
  • Faisal Haroon

    Moderator December 2, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Sahih is a technical terminology used in the hadith science, which means that a certain riwayah has been verified on the basis of principles as established by a certain muhhadith. It does not mean that every riwayah in a sahih collection has been conclusively verified to come from prophet Muhammad SAW. The principles to grade a certain riwayah as sahih vary from muhhadith to muhhadith, hence a riwayah graded as sahih by one muhhadith might not even be acceptable to another.

    Sahih al-Bukhari is a great collection of riwayahs, however, it is indeed human work. Despite of it being a great collection, just like any other human work it has room for errors. The correct approach then is to understand any riwayah that we come across on the basis of the infallible knowledge given to us by prophet Muhammad SAW in the form of the Quran and the sunnah.

    To understand why Bukhari enjoys a higher status, the following distinguishing factors listed by Amin Ahsan Islahi in his book Mabadi-e-Taddabur-e-Hadith might help:

    1. Quality and soundness of the chain of narrators of the selected ahadith. Muhammad al-Bukhari has followed two principal criteria for selecting sound narratives. First, the lifetime of a narrator should overlap with the lifetime of the authority from whom he narrates. Second, it should be verifiable that narrators have met with their source persons. They should also expressly state that they obtained the narrative from these authorities. This is a stricter criterion than that set by Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj.
    2. Muhammad al-Bukhari accepted the narratives from only those who, according to his knowledge, not only believed in Islam but practiced its teachings. Thus, he has not accepted narratives from the Murjites.
    3. The particular arrangement and ordering of chapters. This expresses the profound knowledge of the author and his understanding of the religion. This has made the book a more useful guide in understanding of the religious disciplines.

  • Faisal Haroon

    Moderator December 2, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Please also watch this to understand why it’s important to understand hadith in the light of Quran and sunnah:

  • Faisal Haroon

    Moderator December 2, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    You might find this discussion helpful as well:

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  • Arsalan Riaz

    Member December 2, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks. I’ll check it out.

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