|Biographical detail : ||The author of an authoritative collection of hadith.
Bukhari’s collection on tradition called Al Jami-Al Sahih is considered only second to Qur’an as a sacred book which stimulated interest in fiqh, and led eventually to the creation of a homogeneous religious life, based on the sacred law of the Shariah, throughout the vast Islamic world.
The inspiration of the law was the person of the Prophet, peace be upon him, the Perfect Man. My imitating the smallest details of his external life and by reproducing the way he ate, washed, loved, spoke and prayed, Muslim all over the world hoped to be able to acquire his interior attitude of perfect surrender to Allah. To this day, Muslims remain deeply attached to the Shariah, which has made them internationalise the archetypal figure of the Prophet, peace be upon him, at a very deep level and, liberating him from the seventh century, has made him a living presence in their lives and a part of themselves.
Bukhari travelled to Makkah, Egypt and Iraq in search of traditions. In his selection of traditions, he showed the greatest ability. He selected 7,397 traditions out of 600,000 that he had collected in course of sixteen years of travel to various lands. He classified them according to subject matter. Of the numerous commentaries on his Sahih the most renowned was Sharh-al-Bukhari by Qastallani. His Sahih was translated into many languages including French, English and Urdu. He was also the author of other works.
Bukhari’s full name was Imam Mahamad bin Ismail Abu Abudllah al-Bukhari. His tomb outside Samarqand is a place still visited by many pilgrims.