Sahih al-Bukhari: The Early Years of Islam
By Imam Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Ismail Al-Bukhari
Translated and Explained By Muhammad Asad
Paperback: 362 pages
ISBN : 9789675062988
Publisher : Islamic Book Trust (IBT), Malaysia.
About The Book
"This work comprises the historical chapters of the most important compilations of the Prophet's traditions (Hadith) by Imam al-Bukhari and depicts the beginning of the Prophet's revelation, the merits of the Companions and the early years of Islam up to and including the turning point of Islamic history, the Battle of Badr."
About The Author
Imam al-muhaddithin Hadrat Imam Abu `Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari was born in Shawwal, 194AH, in the famous city of Bukhara, of the land "beyond the canal" - present day Uzbekistan -. The father of Imam Bukhari, Isma`il ibn Ibrahim ibn Mughirah al-Ja`fi, was a great muhaddith and ascetic from whom he inherited his characteristics of literary zeal and excellence. During his childhood his father died and his mother took on the entire responsibility of bringing him up.
Imam al-Bukhari is one of the most eminent of those pious Scholars who gave endless bliss upon the Muslim Ummah. This is made manifest in this book of Ahadith an-Nabawi that Imam Al Bukhari compiled.
About The Translator
Muhammad Asad was born a Jew, Leopold Weiss, in Galicia in 1900, worked for a time as a correspondent for the Frankfurter Zeitung, embraced Islam in 1926 after four years of intermittent residence among the Arabs, and has lived since 1932 among the Muslims in India and Pakistan...
Within a few paragraphs of HIS extraordinary and beautifully written autobiography The Road To Mecca By Muhammad Asad the reader recognizes he is immersed-profoundly so--in a timeless spiritual classic. 'Ultimate questions' do not vary over time; Asad's insightful elucidation of these concerns and his inspiring personal solutions deeply move both heart and mind.
In common with so many, Asad had 'drifted into a matter of fact rejection of all institutional religions." He yearned for a life without the "carefully contained, artificial defenses which security-minded people love to build up around them," where he could find for himself "an approach to the spiritual order of things." He wondered if the European way of life-based on the betterment of economic and political conditions "was in its fundamentals, the only possible way." He had the courage to look elsewhere.
The grandson of a Central European Orthodox rabbi, Asad found his first "quiet gladness" in Taoism where truths were as a window opening onto a long lost home far from "all narrowness and self-created fears." Asad regretted this "ivory tower" could not be lived in.
Against his father's wishes he left the pursuit of a doctorate in Vienna to take up journalism. His fascinating travels took him to Jerusalem, Arabia, and India, and finally into service at the United Nations. In 1926 Asad embraced Islam. His account of his years in Arabia, his desert adventures, friendship with King Saud, and marriage there is truly gripping while being a great read set against the fascinating background following the first World War.
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