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Allegation: Imam Bukhari was expelled from Naisaboor and Bukhara, proves he was a Deceiver.

Rebuttal: Yes, it is true that Imam Bukhari was expelled from Naisaboor and Bukhara. But let’s discuss what was the reason behind it.

1) In his last days Imam Bukhari himself decided to move towards Naisaboor. By this time obviously, he was well known scholar, all the people of Naisaboor comes to greet him. But things changed drastically after al-Bukhari had spent some time the other scholars of Naisaboor’s popularity were greatly reduced while al-Bukhari’s lectures were always full .Finally, they conspired against al-Bukhari by claiming that he believed that a “person’s wording of the Qur’an is created.” Someone went to al-Bukhari’s lectures to conform him on this matter. When al-Bukhari was asked about the matter, he declined to answer but the questioner insisted. Eventually, al-Bukhari answered by saying, “The Qur’an is the speech of Allah and is not created. But the actions of the slaves are created. And to ask about such matter is an innovation.” The person immediately misinterpreted al-Bukhari’s position and stated that al-Bukhari said that the wording of the Qur’an is created. Al-Dhuhli took this opportunity to oppose al-Bukhari and stated that no one should sit in al-Bukhari’s lectures anymore since he is an innovator. Everyone except Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj and Ahmad ibn Salama listened to al-Dhuhli and left al-Bukhari. When these two left al-Dhuhli’s lecture, al-Dhuhli finally declared, “That person should not be allowed to live in this land.” Al-Dhuhli’s influence was great and al-Bukhari took this as a warning that he must leave Naisaboor. Al-Bukhari stated that he had no desire of fame or fortune or power in Naisaboor and so he moved from the city. (Uthmani page 97)

2) Al-Bukhari left Naisaboor and decided to go to his home of Bukhara. Again he was greeted with a grand reception and he began to lecture there. But troubles soon began again in Bukhara. The governor of the area, Khalid ibn Ahmad al-Dhuhli wanted al-Bukhari to come to the governor’s mansion and lecture privately to his children. Al-Bukhari refused saying that it would be unacceptable for him to lecture privately to some people only and not allow others to listen. He also told the governor’s messenger, “Tell your master that I shall never humiliate knowledge, and shall never carry it to the doors of the people. If he needs me, let him come to my The governor became upset and began to rouse the people against al-Bukhari and he was finally expelled him from Bukhara also. (Abdul Khaliq page 140-142)

At that time,this great man Al-Bukhari made what seems to be his farewell supplication, saying,

“Oh Allah, your earth has become too straitened for me despite its vastness. I beseech you to call me to yourself.” And Just as he was about to start his journey to Samarqand, he fell ill and finally died on the night of Eid al-Fitr, 256 A.H.

So whole incident proves him a pious person, not a deceiver.



About Dr. K. M. Asif

Student of Knowledge

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