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Reading the English Translation of Sahih Bukhari

Question:

Is it okay to read the translation of Sahih Bukhari by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan?

 

Answer:

Books like Sahih Bukhari have content that isn’t suitable for the unqualified layman. Those who dedicatedly study hadith, actually study these types of books in their final year only. I do not encourage people who are not fully equipped with the technicality of Islamic jurisprudence to merely open a book of hadith that consists of narrations of scattered topics. This is out of the fear of it leading to confusion.

I suggest more simple works such as al-Adabul-Mufrad (Islamic Manners) of Imam al-Bukhari (rahimahullah) which is a separate compilation from the Sahih al-Bukhari, Riyadus-Sawlihin, Forty hadith both by Imam Nawawi (rahimahullah) etc, all of which have hadiths on more practical and pertinent topics.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar