30th Mar2014

The ‘Aqeedah of Imam Al-Bukhari

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Before you, O readers, may Allah guide you to His pleasure, is a compilation of the Creed and Methodology of the great Imaam and Scholar of the Prophetic Traditions and the Religion, Al-Bukhari, may Allah have mercy upon him. Imam Al-Bukhaaree is the author of the famous work of Hadeeth (Prophetic tradition) known as ‘Saheeh Al-Bukhari”. This work is considered by the scholars of Islam to be the most authentic book after the Qur’an. When Imam Al-Bukhari speaks, the Ummah pays attention, since he is from the most knowledgeable of the people of the erath regarding the way of the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam).

Imam Al-Bukhari states that he spent over forty-six years travelling around the various Islaamic lands, benefiting from the scholars of his time. He met over a thousand scholars, and took knowledge from and imparted to them. So after he mentions many of the places he visited and the names of the scholars he met, he states:

And we are content with the naming of these people so that this discourse may be brief and concise and is not lengthened. And I never saw a single one amongst them differ with respect to the following matters..

Imam Al-Bukhari then proceeds to state and explain the matter of faith and methodology of the Salaf (Righteous predecessors) of the Muslim nation. This book is a translation of that treatise narrated from Imam Al-Bukhari contained in the encyclopedia of the ‘Aqeedah known as “Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah” (Explanation Of The Fundamentals Of The Creed Of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah) of Imam Al-Laalikaa’ee (Died 418 AH).

So this book, O Muslim, is a translation of some of the points of the Creed of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah. The text is as relevant today as it was over one thousand years ago, if not more so, since confusion regarding matters of Manhaj and ‘Aqeedah (Methodology and Creed) has increased.

So know that success lies in sticking to the way of the Salaf as Imam Malik bin Anas (died 179 AH) said:

The latter part of this Ummah will not be rectified except by what which rectified its earliest part.

So compare the speech of Imam Al-Bukhari contained in this treatise to the speech of the callers to Islam today, and you will see who in reality is in accordance to Islam as it was understood by the earliest generations.

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