A very great part of the teachings of the Messenger of Allah (Sal Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) concerns man’s social life, his day to day living, his conduct and his dealing with other men. In some ways, this department is more important and excellent than other affairs becuase it is instrumental in makin man human or, in other words, shaping him into a true human being. Without achieving perfection in this department, the other fields are meaningless even is anyone gains excellence in them. It is the policy of narrators of Hadith to collect the Ahadith on this subject in the Book of Adab (Babb al Adab) and in every authentic book of Hadith this chapter is included under the heading Book of adab. Imaam Bukhari (May Allah have mercy on him) is correctly known as Ameer al-Mu’mineen fi al-Hadith. His position and rank is confirmed and well known among the high ranking Ulema and Scholars of Hadith, and the layman among muslims too are not unaware of his high standing. He recognised the importance of this section of the Hadith of the Prophet (Sal Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) and composed a seperable book on social manners quite apart from the Saheeh Bukhari. Thereby he bestowed a great favour on the muslim community and he gave the book the title al-Adab al-Mufrad. This book was always well known to the Ulemaa and it has been translated into other languages too….

Some of the peculiarities of this book as described by the exegete of Bukhari, al-Hafiz ibn Hajar al-Asqalani are:

  1. About half the number of Ahadith in al-adab al-Mufrad match the standard of soundness set for Saheeh Bukhari and the remaining match the standard of Saheeh Muslim. They are stronger than the remaining books of Sihah Sittah
  2. Those Ahadith that were narrated in Bukhari without sanad have been narrated in this book with proper sanad
  3. Some words or phrases in many of the Ahadith cause great scholars to ponder over their correct interpretation. In this book, they have been very clearly defined
  4. There are many narratives in this book that are not found elsewhere

…Let no Muslim family go without reading it. It should be enough in schools and Madrasahs to use this book to impart the teachings of the Messenger (Sal Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)

 

“And Allah is the One who reconciles and the One Who helps”

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