Isnad, a chain of narrations, is a blessing upon every individual in this realm of creation. As Imam al-Shawkani said to Imam Bukhari, “Allah has given me one of the highest hasanat in the world.” Sahih al-Bukhari is a blessing to the Ummah, for Imam Bukhari to be gifted with a high regard to authenticity and memory and for the Ummah itself to be blessed with a highly genuine text to guide every question one faces at every step, every walk of life. The teachings this work embodies is a lesson to all, a true believer or not.
Purity of intention, a heart with a pure will and understanding will translate into a pure action. A righteous intention is signified by Imam al-Bukhari by having the beginning of the first book of the first chapter to Sahih al-Bukhari being the revelation of the Quran upon the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). “Verily, we have inspired you as We have inspired Nūḥ and the prophets after him.” The reward for purity in intention and sincerity of heart is what one should seek, where the righteous action alone is not enough for the reward. The Prophet’s sayings and everyday life give us a glimpse of the dedication of a man to learn about life with a heart that held Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala so dear to him, with sincerity that run deep within his veins and purity of intention behind all his actions. Sahih al-Bukhari is a testament to its readers to the intellectualness and religiosity our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) held, for the sake of Allah and Allah alone.
Iqra-bismi-rabbik- to know in the name of Allah, holds enormous power. Before one learns anything, one needs to know. When one glorifies and prays to Allah subhanahuwa ta'ala, one is submitting their faith, their trust, their learning into Him. Reading the Quran and reciting its beautifully written verses is in fact the mere essence to the book, our learning, and our knowledge. After the intention, this knowledge is successful only if one’s thinking, one’s actions reflect it. Just as reciting and understanding the Quran holds its true meaning, studying a book of Hadith is as if one is studying all of Islam. This is not only a way through which one can reflect upon their actions, thinking, and words as the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had and commemorate the writings of Imam al- Bukhari, but it is more importantly a beginning towards building a relationship with Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. Ibn ‘Abbās reported that “Allah’s Apostle (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) used to bear the revelation with great trouble and used to move his lips (quickly) with the Inspiration.” This was an explanation to Allah’s statement to “move not your tongue concerning (The Qur’an) to make haste therewith.” (75.16). Allah says our worry is not just in remembering and reciting the Quran, but it is to follow that recitation, to be conscious of His remembrance.
Sahih al-Bukhari with its books ranging from topics of tafsir, desires, manners, iman, etc. cover almost all, if not all, aspects of life whether they are practical or heartfelt, reflecting upon a time of ease or difficulty, or a source of inspiration and admiration of our Prophet’s character and ilm. The closer one is to this book, the closer one is on the righteous path towards Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. For the akhirah, one would be blessed to have this book, Sahih al-Bukhari, and the knowledge, manners, and righteousness one has attained from it, to be weighed heavily on our individual scales on that Day of Judgment. With intention comes reward; what greater reward than one that guides your being, your soul towards la ilaha ilAllah.