It was after considerable deliberation that I deemed it appropriate to embark upon an english translation of this, not inconsiderable, work. The need for an accompanying authoritative and authentic explanation impelled the translator to select this work which includes the original text of the traditions and an exposition of their meaning.
The presence of an explanation provides provision for the reader to obtain an invaluable fortune by acquiring the understanding of the apparent and obscure, intrinsic and divergent nature of the Prophetic traditions.
For, the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was furnished with the miracle of laconic and concise speech, the unique ability to articulate in a few words an extensive meaning.
Sahih Al-Bukhari is a book which is not in need of any introduction or identification, for it is one which has been universally accepted, celebrated and extolled by the Islamic Ummah, from the point of compilation to our time today. It has been recognized and accredited with appellation and eulogy, by virtue of its content and mode of arrangement, along with the fact it has been deemed the most authentic book after the book of Allah, the Mighty and Majestic.
Furthermore, Shaykh Muhammad bin ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy upon him) has avoided the use of expression and language, archaic and obscure, thus facilitating its understanding and legibility to the lay person in addition to the learned.
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