Sahih al-Bukhari : The Early Years of Islam - English & Arabic,[A4+] Glossy Cover Paperback - 374 pages,by Imam Muhammad ibn Isma'il al-Bukhari,*English translation by Muhammad Asad,Published by IBT, Malaysia.Description :Being the *Historical Chapters of the Kitab al-Jami' as-Sahih by Imam Abu 'Abd-Allah Muhammad ibn Isma'il al-Bukahri, may Allah be pleased with him. This work comprises the historical chapters of the most important
compilations of Traditions, Sahih of Imam al-Bukhari and depicts the
beginning of the Prophet's, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, revelation, the merits of his Companions and
the early years of Islam up to and including the decisive turning point
of Islamic history, the Battle of Badr.The idea of rendering the Sahih into English - a task never before attempted (in 1938) - occurred to me during my five years 'sojourn at Madinah, when I was studying the science of hadith in the Prophet's, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, Mosque. In that serene atmosphere, the necessity of finding once more a direct contact with the original spirit of Islam presented itself to me with overwhelming force. It is not enough, I realised, to know what this or that great man of the past thought about matters Islamic; it is not enough to live in the shadow of thoughts that have been thought at a period so remote from us that they can hardly have any immediate bearing on the exigencies of our present-day life. What we most urgently need today is a new understanding and a direct appreciation of the true teachings of Islam. In order to acheive this we must once again make real the voice of the Prophet of Islam, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, - real, as if he were speaking directly to us and for us; and it is in the hadith that his voice can be most clearly heard. ---Extract from the Preface, Muhammad Asad, , Madinah.Contents : ---Preface to the First Edition,---Preface to the Second Edition,---Abbreviations,---. How the Revelation Began,---. The Merit's of the Prophet's Companions,---. The Beginnings of Islam,---. The Book of Campaigns,---. The Book of Faith.Each hadith includes a complete chain (isnad) of narrators. The presentation is 'side by side' - English translation with parallel Arabic text enables the reader to compare the texts at every step, the translation with the original. *This English translation is based upon 'Sahih al-Bukhari' as ordered by Sultan 'Abd al-Hamid at Al-Matba'ah al-Amiriyyah, Cairo, 1313H.