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An Introduction to the Narrators of Sahih al-Bukhari

By Abrar Ahmed Koya

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This book provides insight into the narrators of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. It gives details on when and where each narrator was born, anecdotes and highlights of their lives, when they passed away and what their rank was in the eyes of ḥadīth experts

This compilation has been derived from the following classical sources:

  • Tahdhīb al-Kamāl
  • Ikmāl Tahdhīb al-Kamāl
  • Tahdhīb al-Tahdhīb
  • Taqrīb al-Tahdhīb,
  • Siyar Aʿlām al-Nubalāʾ

This book is a valuable resource for those who study and read Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī. Today, we normally focus on the text of the ḥadīth and lose sight of its transmitters and their importance in preserving this great legacy we have with us. We see the names of narrators when reading ḥadīth literature but know next to nothing about them. By providing a summary of the lives of each narrator, students will come to understand why Imām al-Bukhārī chose these specific narrators for his book. They will also realize why he narrated a large number of ḥadīth from certain narrators and only chose to narrate one or two from others, sometimes just for supplementary purposes.

About the Author

Abrar Ahmed Koya was born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Canada. He memorized the Qurʾān at a very young age. He began high school at Al-Ashraf Islamic School alongside the Alim course. Upon completing high school he went to Darul Uloom Madania, Buffalo, NY, for one year and finally completed the last two years of the Alim course in Madrasah Arabiyah Islamiyyah, Azaadville, South Africa. Upon completion of the Alim course, he specialized in Islamic Law (iftāʾ) at Madrasah Mazaahirul Uloom, Crosby, Johannesburg.