The Creed of The Imaam of Hadeeth – Abu ‘Abdullaah Muhammad bin Ismaa’eei al-Bukhari
THE CREED OF THE IMAAM OF HADEETH
The Creed (I’tiqaad,) of Aboo ‘Abdullaah Muhammad ibn Ismaa’eel al-Bukhaaree and the Group from the Salaf about whom he narrates.’
Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Hafs al-Harwee said: Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Salamah narrated to us, saying: Abul-Husayn Muhammad ibn Imraan ibn Moosaa al-Jarjaanee narrated to us saying:
I heard Aboo Muhammad ‘Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmaan al-Bukhaaree from ash-Shaash – saying: I heard Aboo ‘Abdullaah Muhammad ibn Ismaa’eel al-Bukhaaree saying:
“I met more than a thousand men amongst the people of knowledge from the people of al-Hijaaz, al-Makkah, al-Madeenah, al-Koofah, al-Basrah, Waasit, Baghdaad, Shaam and Egypt. I met them numerous times, generation after generation and then generation after generation
2 .’ I met them while they were ample and widespread for over forty-six years; the people of ash-Shaam, Egypt and al-Jazeerah twice, (the people of) al-Basrah four times in a number of years.
(Those of) al-Hijaaz (over a period) of six years and I cannot enumerate how many times I entered (upon the people of) al-Koofah and Baghdaad along with the muhaddithoon of Khuraasaan, amongst them: al- Makkee ibn Ibraaheem, Yahyaa ibn Yahyaa, ‘Alee ibn al-Hasan ibn Shaqeeq, Qutaibah ibn Sa’d and Shihaab ibn Ma’mar.