Commentary on Sahih al-Bukhari
Author(s): Shaykh Omar Subedar
Among the Hadith collections, Sahih al-Bukhari enjoys the pride of place. Shaykh Omar Subedar, a graduate of the Institute of Islamic Education, Dewsbury, UK, and an acclaimed Islamic scholar has brought out a scholarly, annotated translation, of which 2 volumes have been published between 2015 and 2017. Subedar’s work is a scholarly feat, something regrettably not very common in Muslim scholarship. Generally speaking, definitive editions of Islamic texts abounding in scholarly paraphernalia are produced by Orientalists. Volume 1 opens with valuable and relevant background material, enabling readers to appreciate better this 9th century magnum opus of Abu [Abdullah Muhammad ibn Isma[il al-Bukhari (194–256 AH/810–870 CE). His biography is recounted with a special reference to his phenomenal pursuit of knowledge. It is instructive to note that al-Bukhari’s views on the Qur’an as Allah’s creation evoked a trenchant fatwa from Imam al-Dhuhli, which declared him to be a kafir. As a result, al-Bukhari had to flee from Nishapur and take refuge in his home town, Bukhara. A particular mention is made of the leading commentators on Sahih al-Bukhari namely, Ibn Battal, Ibn Hajar, al-[Ayni and Shaykh Zakariyya of Mazahir al-[Ulum, Saharanpur, India (pp. 33–39). It is followed by a lucid and helpful account of the Principles of Hadith Studies and Types of Hadith Source Books (pp. 43–54). Those new to Hadith studies will find this introductory, basic material very useful.