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Sunday, 16 January 2022 09:47

The Status of Saheeh Muslim – Part Four

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There is consensus of the Ulama that the Saheeh of Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) and the Saheeh of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) are the two most authentic kitaabs after the Qur’aan Majeed. From the two, the Saheeh of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) is regarded as more authentic and holds a higher rank. (Tadreeb-ur-Raawi 1/96)

Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) mentioned, “I presented this kitaab of mine (Saheeh Muslim) to Imaam Abu Zur’ah (rahimahullah). Every Hadith in this kitaab, in which he found some weakness and showed me some problem – I left it out and did not include it in the kitaab, and every Hadith regarding which he said, ‘It is saheeh (authentic), and there is no weakness in it,’ – then these are the Ahaadith which I kept in my kitaab.” (Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa 12/568)

Sunday, 05 December 2021 17:37

The Saheeh of Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) – Part Two

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Allah Ta‘ala had blessed Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) to author many different kitaabs. Some Ulama have listed approximately thirty-five kitaabs which Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) wrote during his life. (Al-Imaam Muslim – Saahib-ul-Musnad Al-Saheeh pg. 121-142)

From all the kitaabs which Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) had compiled, his compilation known as ‘Saheeh Muslim’ is most well-known, and has received universal acceptance.

Sunday, 28 November 2021 09:20

Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) – Introduction – Part One

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Name: Muslim bin Hajjaaj bin Muslim bin Ward bin Kooshaaz (rahimahullah)

Kunyah (filial title): Abul Husain

Birth:

There are different views reported regarding the year in which Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) was born. Some Ulama say that he was born in the year 204 AH, while other Ulama say that he was born in the year 206 AH.

According to ‘Allaamah Ibnu Katheer (rahimahullah), Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) was born in the year 204 AH. (Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaayah 14/556)

According to Haafiz Ibnus Salaah (rahimahullah), Imaam Muslim (rahimahullah) was born in the year 206 AH. This view of Haafiz Ibnus Salaah (rahimahullah) has been reported by ‘Allaamah Ibnu Khallikaan (rahimahullah). This view has also been preferred by Haafiz Ibnul Atheer (rahimahullah). (Wafayaat-ul-A’yaan 5/195 and Muqaddimah Fat-hul Mulhim 1/210)

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) passed away on the night of Eid-ul-Fitr in the year 256 AH. That year, Eid-ul-Fitr fell on a Saturday, and hence Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) passed away the previous night. He was buried on the day of eid, after the zuhr salaah, and he was sixty-two years old at the time of his demise.

Abu Zaid Al-Marwazi (rahimahullah) was a great Shaafi’ee faqeeh and Muhaddith. He was the ustaad of many eminent Muhadditheen, the likes of Imaam Daaraqutni (rahimahullah).

It is reported that initially, he had not studied the Saheeh of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah). However, he thereafter studied Saheeh Bukhaari under Imaam Farabri (rahimahullah), the student of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah), until he became one of the main narrators of the Saheeh Bukhaari from Imaam Farabri (rahimahullah).

Musabbih bin Sa’eed (rahimahullah) reports the following:

On the first night of Ramadhaan, Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) would lead the people in Taraweeh Salaah. Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) would recite approximately twenty verses in each rakaat, and would continue each night until he eventually completed reciting the Qur’aan Majeed.

Muhammed bin Abi Haatim (rahimahullah) reports that when Imaam Bukhaari’s (rahimahullah) father passed away, Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) inherited a large amount of wealth from him. Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) would invest this wealth in mudhaarabah partnerships (a partnership where one partner puts up the capital and the other does the work of engaging in trade), and it was through this that he would earn an income. (Hadyus Saari pg. 479)

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) would spend the money that he earned upon himself and use the money in the pursuit of acquiring the knowledge of Hadith. He would also spend generously on the students of deen and would give abundantly in charity.

Allah Ta‘ala had chosen Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) for the service of Hadith. Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah), throughout his life, regarded his engagement in the service of Hadith to be a great bounty and favor of Allah Ta‘ala upon him. Hence, he dedicated all his time, energy and resources to learning, teaching, practicing and propagating the knowledge of the Mubaarak Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He ensured that at no time would he allow anything to distract him from his main goal and purpose.

On one occasion, Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) came out from the town of Firabr intending to go to an area near Bukhaara. Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) wished to build an inn for the travellers and the poor in that area. On learning of the intention of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah), a large group of people gathered and decided to assist him in building the inn.

During the construction, Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) would carry bricks with his own hands and personally assist with the building. Observing this, his close student, Muhammed bin Abi Haatim (rahimahullah), said to him, “O Abu Abdillah (this was the filial title of Imaam Bukhaari [rahimahullah])! We are here to serve you. Hence, there is no need for you to undergo difficulty by assisting in the construction.” However, Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) replied, “It is this work that will benefit us and assist us in the Hereafter (and hence we wish to personally take part in it).”

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