Imam Bukhari (full name: Muhammad bin Isma'il bin al-Mughira al-Bukhari) was born in 194 A.H in Bukhara in the territory of Khurasan (west Turjistan).
His father died when he was still a young child and he was looked after by his mother. At the age of ten he started acquiring the knowledge of Hadith. He travelled to Makkah when he was sixteen years old accompanied by his mother and elder brother. It seemed as though Imam Bukhari loved Makkah and its learned religious scholars for he remained there after bidding farewell to his mother and brother. He spent two years in Makkah and then went to Al-Madinah. After spending a total of six years in Makkah and Al-Madinah, he left for Basra, Kufa and Baghdad and visited many other places including Egypt and Syria. He came to Baghdad on many occasions.
Many a story has been told about Imam Bukhari regarding his struggles in collecting Hadith literature. He travelled to many different places gathering the precious gems that fell from the lips of the noble Prophet Muhammad (s). It is said that he collected over 300,000 Ahadith and he himself memorized 200,000 of which some were unauthentic. He was born at a time when Hadith was being forged either to please rulers or kings or to corrupt the religion of Islam.
He laboured day and night and although he had memorized such a large number he only chose approximately 7,275 with repetition and about 2,230 without repetition of which there is no doubt about their authenticity.
He died on the 1st of Shawwaal in the year 256 A.H at the age of 62, and was buried in Khartank, a village near Samarkand.
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