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Sahih Bukhari is a collection of sayings and deeds of Prophet Muhammad
(pbuh), also known as the sunnah. The reports
of the Prophet's sayings and deeds are called ahadeeth.
Bukhari lived a couple of centuries after the Prophet's death and worked
extremely hard to collect his ahadeeth. Each report in his collection
was checked for compatibility with the Qur'an, and the veracity of the
chain of reporters had to be painstakingly established. Bukhari's collection
is recognized by the overwhelming majority of the Muslim world to be one
of the most authentic collections of the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).
Bukhari (full name Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Ismail bin Ibrahim bin
al-Mughira al-Ja'fai) was born in 194 A.H. and died in 256 A.H. His
collection of hadeeth is considered second to none. He spent sixteen years
compiling it, and ended up with 2,602 hadeeth (9,082 with repetition).
His criteria for acceptance into the collection were amongst the most
stringent of all the scholars of ahadeeth.
It is important to realize, however, that Bukhari's collection is not
complete: there are other scholars who worked as Bukhari did and collected
other authentic reports.
Sahih Bukhari is divided into nine volumes, each of which has several
books. Each book contains many ahadeeth. The ahadeeth are numbered consecutively
per volume. The books really only serve to group ahadeeth together,
but the volumes impose the numbering.
MSA has taken some pains to remove typos,
and scanning/format errors from these files, but it is more
than likely that quite a few still remain.
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