Sunday 6 April 2014

[Classical Text Diploma] Imam Bukhari, Sh Al-Albani & Sh Ahmed Shakir

What follows is a taste of what is to come in the first of the seminars in the Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts Diploma. One of the areas that would be discussed in the Sahih Al-Bukhari Seminar is how well the modern scholars and academics understood (or misunderstood) the methodology, research, academic rigour and the thinking of Imam Bukhari.

In this respect Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi states:  "Bukhari’s thorough research about hadith narrators included knowing and understanding which hadiths they had preserved well. He accepts from them only those hadiths and not the rest. For example, Ma`mar is an imam, and he narrates many hadiths from A`mash who was one of the six pillars of hadith. However, because Ma`mar did not preserve the hadiths of A`mash so well, Bukhari does not record any hadith with this isnad. Yet, we find, in our time, people like Sh. Ahmad Muhammad Shakir, Sh. Nasir al-Din al-Albani and others not only accept the hadiths of Ma`mar from A`mash but also classify them as “sahih on the condition of Bukhari”. No doubt Ma`mar and A`mash are both among the principal narrators in Sahih al-Bukhari, but this particular link, Ma`mar from A`mash, did not satisfy Bukhari’s conditions.
There are some frequently occurring isnads in Sahih al-Bukhari, for example: al-A`mash -- Abu Salih -- Abu Hurayrah. It is said that A`mash heard one thousand hadiths from Abu Salih. Even so, Bukhari does not narrate all the hadiths with this isnad because, in some of them, he is not convinced that A`mash got them directly from Abu Salih: he has reasons to think that that there must be a missing link which is not known. Yet, again, we find many contemporary scholars, when they see a hadith with this isnad that Bukhari has excluded from his Sahih, rushing to classify it as “sahih on the condition of Bukhari."  [Form the Course Notes to Sahih Al-Bukhari - Classical Islamic Texts Diploma]

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“I am extremely intrigued by the topic - Classical Texts Diploma and the opportunity to study the classical texts in the course with the Shaykh. I have studied usool al hadith, usool at tafseer and usool al fiqh at the basic introductory level, as I am doing my BA in Islamic Studies at Islamic Online University. I hope inshaAllaah this diploma course will be very beneficial for me to gain deeper and further knowledge on this topic, for the sake of Allaah subhanahu wa ta'ala, so that I can teach family, friends, neighbors, everyone within my reach, each according to what is beneficial for them from what I learn myself.” -  Syeda, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Diploma in Introduction to Classical Islamic Texts

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