Author: Salaahud-Deen ibn Alee ibn Abdul-Maujood
About the Book: This beautiful book deals with the biography of the Imam of Hadeeth scholars, whose lifelong pursuit of knowledge culminated in the authorship of a book that, in terms of its importance and truthfulness, ranks second only to the Book of Allah. Referring to of course to none other than Muhammad ibn Ismaa’eel Al-Bukhari – may Allah have mercy on him.
Introduction: This is the second in a series of books on the biographies of Muslim scholars. I hope to focus not just on their contributions to the vast wealth of Islamic knowledge with which Allah has blessed this nation, but also on the more private and personal aspects of their lives: their manners, their piety, and their worship. These are issues we need to learn about, for the people of this nation cannot hope to achieve a return to their past glory and honour unless they assume the qualities that, in effect, defined the Muslims of the first few generations of Islam.
Sadly, many Muslims today are ignorant of even the names of our past scholars, never mind their biographies or contributions to Islam. Thus cut off from the past, many Muslims are in a state of ignorance and confusion, and seem to be waiting for someone to light up the way for them. Most people are tired of listening to speeches, and everyone wants to see people who represent, through their demeanour and deeds, a practical manifestation of the religion of Islam. One has to look far and wide to find people who fit these criteria – though we still have scholars who are noble in speech and in deed (and all praise is for Allah). But in reality, one does not have to go far to find such people, for their lives are recorded for us in history books; and here I am referring to the scholars of Islam.