Imam Mohammed Al-Bukhari was a Persian Islamic scholar who was born in Bukhara (the capital of the Bukhara Region (viloyat) of what is now in Uzbekistan). He is considered as one of the most distinguished scholars of Hadith in Islamic history.
At the age of sixteen, he, together with his brother and widowed mother, made the pilgrimage to Mecca. From there he made a series of travels in order to increase his knowledge of hadith. He went through all the important centers of Islamic learning of his time, talked to scholars, and exchanged information on hadith. It is said that he heard from over 1,000 men and learned over 600,000 traditions.
He authored the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari, regarded by Sunni Muslims as the most authentic (sahih) hadith collections. He also wrote other books such as Al-Adab al-Mufrad. To honor him the United Arab Republic has issued a stamp featuring his portrait in 1969.
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