Al-Adab Al-Mufrad – A Code For Everyday Living: The Examples Of The Early Muslims (Imam Bukhari)

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Muhammad ibn Ismaeel al-Bukhari
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 179 | Size: 1.5 MB

Translated from the original Arabic into English, provides a vivid insight into the moral conduct of the early Muslims in a society led by the perfect character of the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh (‘I was only sent to perfect good character.) The Prophet’s Companions represent excellent examples of men of vigorous moral stature whose conduct inspired and attracted the masses to the fold of Islam wherever they went during the expansion of Muslim territories, and contrary to the stereotypic portrayal, in the West, of Islam as being spread by the sword.

The Prophet’s words are as relevant today as they were fourteen hundred years ago. This unique collection of 1322 ahadith and athar is one of the earliest and most authentic works on Islamic etiquette and the Islamic way of life. Not only are they practical and inspiring, they also fulfil a desperate need for authoritative guide on morality and spirituality for Muslims living in a modern, secular society, where the line between right and wrong is increasingly blurred.

This book is an essential cornerstone of Islamic morality and is suitable for the general reader and the academic alike. Its author, Imam Bukhari (194-256AH / 810 – 870 CE) is the most celebrated figure in Islamic literary history. “Al-Adab Al-Mufrad” is an absolutely essential addition to every Islamic library.

Imam al-Bukhari is world-renowned for his major work, “al Jami’ al Sahih” (“Sahih al Bukhari”), but he has also produced a number of other works, including “al Adab al Mufrad”, here translated into English from Arabic. This book provides a vivid insight into the moral conduct of the early Muslims in a society led by the perfect character of the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him its a compilation of hadeeths from various sources.

Imam Bukhari’s intellectual qualities became noticeable. He had great piety and an extremely good memory and devotion to learning. It is said that while he was still in his teens he knew by heart seventy thousand Sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

Imam Bukhari was very interested in history and the Ahadith (sayings of the Prophet). He sought the company of great scholars in order to learn and discuss the Ahadith of the Holy Prophet. He visited various countries, travelling to Damascus, Cairo, Baghdad, Basra. Mecca, Medina etc. During his stay in Baghdad, he frequently held discussions with the Imam Ahmed Hanbal, the founder of the Hanbali school of law.

During all these travels, Imam Bukhari had one aim: to gather as much knowledge as possible and to make the greatest possible collection of the Traditions of the Holy Prophet. He wrote profusely all the time. He once said that, “l have written about 1800 persons, each of whom had a Saying of the Prophet, and I have written only about those who have passed my test of truthfulness.”

The Imam possessed one of the most amazing memories, and his contribution to the science of the Ahadith remains unequalled. He wrote several books on Ahadith but in his book: “Al-Jami-al-Sahih’: the Imam had recorded all the Sayings of the Prophet which he found to be genuine after thorough examination and scrutiny. He spent sixteen years in research and examined more than sixty thousand Sayings from which he selected some 7,275 Sayings whose genuineness and accuracy he established beyond the slightest doubt. Deducting duplicates, the Imam’s collection contain about four thousand distinct Sayings.

His popularity inspired jealousy in the hearts of reactionary Ulema of his time and he was banished from the land of his birth by the Governor of Bukhara as a result of intrigues against him.

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