Historical Who is Who
Muhammad b. Isma’il al-Bukhari from is recognised in Muslim tradition as responsible for collecting and ordering the authentic Hadith – stories and words of Muhammad. In the centuries following Muhammed’s death, many thousands of such were in circulation. It is claimed that aided by his own phenomenal memory al.Bukhari collected 600,000 which he refined to around 3000. These form the Sunnah – specifically the Sahih Bukhari version. Other collections also exist, but his is generally respected as most authoritative. For Islamic law and religious practice it is the major point of reference alongside the Qur’an.