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In order for us to gain a greater understanding of the relationship between Imam Bukhari and the Hanafi School of thought we ought to take a glance through history and identify where did it all even begin?  

The relationship between Imam Bukhari and the Hanafi School of thought began from his early childhood years. Reports have it that by the age of 16 he was well versed with the opinions of the Ahlu-Rai (indicating to the Hanafi school of thought). This seems like an appropriate depiction of Imam Bukhari as his quest for knowledge began in Bukhara (Birthplace), a predominantly Hanafi inclined region wherein he would frequently visit the likes of Abu Hafs Al-Kabir, a great Hanafi jurist. Therefore, it’s not a surprise that he is known for his profound thought in jurisprudence and attention to the hidden intricacies buried deep within the Ahadith.  

You are correct to suggest that he has criticised the Hanafi Madhab. However, one should also keep in mind that he has also criticised other great scholars and schools of thought. His criticism to the Hanafi Madhab is no different to when he criticises any other Madhab. In fact. Allamah Anwar Shah Kashmiri suggests that his concurrence with the Hanafi Madhab is similar in number to his concurrence with the Shafi Madhab and considering that he held the status of a Mujtahid he had all the right to differ with his contemporaries on subsidiary issues.  

However, when viewing the criticisms and the difference of opinions amongst the scholarly fraternity we must keep in mind that these criticisms are no more than an expression of the love, passion and dedication they had for this Din. It was in defence and always at the interest of Din. 

Therefore, Shaikh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah states, ‘this scholarly dispute amongst our elders only increases our honour and respect for them in our eyes. They are the flagbearers of knowledge and the pillars of Din. It is not befitting that we make this a means of sectarianism or as a symbol of animosity amongst each other. A Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, he does not oppress him, nor does he humiliate him. Each one of them stood as well-wishers for the Din and exhausted themselves for it. They exercised ijtihad and how brilliantly they did. We can only ask Allah that he grants them an elevated status by him the Almighty and that he pours upon them his blessings and his pleasure as rewards for the struggles and efforts, for Allah is the most kind’[i][i] 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best 

Mohammed  

Student Darul Iftaa  

UK 

Checked and Approved by, 
Mufti Ebrahim Desai. 

(2020-09-08) 

[ii][i] انظر: كشف الالتباس عما أورده الامام البخاري على بعض الناس لعبد الغني الغنيمي الميداني ومقدمته للشيخ عبد الفتاح أبو غده 

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Darul Iftaa New York answers questions on issues pertaining to Shari’ah. These questions and answers are placed for public view on askthemufti.us for educational purposes. The rulings given here are based on the questions posed and should be read in conjunction with the questions. Many answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation. 

Darul Iftaa New York bears no responsibility with regard to its answers being used out of their intended contexts, nor with regard to any loss or damage that may be caused by acting on its answers or not doing so.

References and links to other websites should not be taken as an endorsement of all contents of those websites. 

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