Does "Sahih al-Bukhari" explain the Quran?

The advocates of hadith are fond of saying that the hadith explains the Quran without which the Quran cannot be understood. In other words without hadith they will have to reject the Quran or at least ignore it. The scholars also say that the hadith they call "Sahih al-Bukhari" is the best hadith.

But it isn't difficult to prove that the hadith does NOT in any way explain the Quran, and "Sahih al-Bukhari" is not worth the paper it is printed on.

For evidence please refer to, and check all references of "Sahih Al-Bukhari" by Dr. Muhammed Muhsin Khan, Islamic University, Medina Al-Munawwara which is a nine volume encyclopedia. Vol. 6 of "Sahih Al-Bukhari" is supposed to contain the explanation of the Quran (Tafsir). The other eight volumes prescribe things like drinking camel urine to cure fevers (vol 7, hadith no 590), burning people and their houses if they do not go the mosque for Fajr and Isha, (vol.1, hadith no.626), dreaming of undressing women (vol 9, hadith no.139 and 140), using shoes to garland camels (Vol 2, hadith no 763), and other such UTTER NONSENSE.

Let us focus on vol. 6, the "explanation" of the Quran by Imam Bukhari. Although the Quran has 114 surahs (or chapters), Bukhari does not explain all the verses of all the surashs. Surah 2, Al Baqarah, has 286 verses, but Bukhari only provides hadith for about 50 verses. This is slightly over 20% of Surah Al Baqarah. Bukhari has left the ulemas groping in the dark over the remaining 80%.

Al Kauther (Surah 108) is the shortest surah in the Quran, only 3 verses. However Bukhari "attempts" to explain the meaning of just one word "Kauther" as sufficient to explain this entire Surah. Bukhari says; "Kauther" is a river in Heaven. But simply, "Kauther" means "good in abundance". (Translation by President of Islamic research, IFAT, Saudi Arabia). This also suggests that Imam Bukhari did not know Arabic. It is a fact that Bukhari was a Persian from Bokhara who spoke Farsi. The scholars have no records to show when Bukhari learned Arabic. More on this later.

The most surprising part of it is that 28 surahs of the Quran are NOT "explained" at all by Bukhari. The surah numbers are as follows; 23, 27, 29, 35, 51, 57, 58, 64, 67, 69, 70, 73, 76, 81, 82, 86, 88, 89, 90, 94, 100, 101, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, and 109. Bukhari puts it away as follows: "no hadith were mentioned here." According to the scholars the hadith is supposed to explain the Quran. But they are conveniently silent on the question why Bukhari ignored 28 Surahs of the Noble Quran!

The scholars insist that the hadith explains the Quran. Yet they have to do away with 28 SURAHS of the Quran because Bukhari did not bother to explain them.
Therefore, the boast by the scholars that those who uphold the QURAN only and do NOT depend on the hadith cannot understand the Quran, falls FLAT on its face. It's the poor scholars who are in a sad situation. 28 Surahs are missing and none of the other surahs are explained in full by Bukhari.

To revert to the earlier point that the Persian Bukhari may not have known Arabic, this is suggested by the way Bukhari has changed the names of certain SURAHS. By itself this is a strange phenomenon. The scholars themselves do NOT know why Bukhari did this.

Non-Arabs sometimes refer to a Surah by its first verse. This is because they may not have known the Arabic name for the Surah because they are not scholars of the Quran or simply because they are not Arabs. Bukhari displays the same characteristics.

An-Naba (Surah 78) is labelled as Surah "Amma yatasa'alun", this is actually part of the first verse of the surah. Al Baiyina (Surah 98) is labelled as "Lam Yakun". Again, the initial verses. Al Takwir (Surah 81) is labelled "Idhash Shamsu Kuwirat". This is the start of the first verse again. Al Maarij (Surah 70) is labelled "Sa'ala Sa'ilun".

Such labelling is more akin to reciters who are not Arabs, who do not know the Arabic language. Apart from the fact that Bukhari was Persian from Bokhara, some scholars also believe that he was blind since his youth. There's also a Hadith that's been constructed about Bukhari's blindness, by Ibn Kathir and Ibn Hajar al Asqalani under biography of Bukhari - Muqadimah Fath al Bari.

The next question is "WHO WROTE Sahih al-Bukhari?!" It is also necessary to see how Bukhari handles some of the explanations of the verses - if and when he cares to explain them.

Some explanations end with a blank space. Example, vol 6, Hadith no.50 seeks to explain Surah 2:223. After some narration it continues like this:
"Nafi' added regarding the verse: 'So go to your tilth when or how you will.' Ibn Umar said; 'It means one should approach his wife in........' " The explanation ends with a blank space. But not to worry. A footnote completes the picture. The footnote says "Al Bukhari left a blank space here because he was not sure of what Ibn Umar had said !." And yet this collection is known as "Sahih Al Bukhari."

Bukhari also comes up with a very offensive tafsir for Verse 11:5 of the beautiful Surah Hud. The preceding verse 11:4 says "To God is your return and He has power over all things." And quoting Verse 11:5 "Lo! now they fold up their breasts that they may hide (their thoughts) from Him. At the very moment when they cover themselves with their clothing, Allah knows that which they keep hidden and that which they proclaim. Lo! He is Aware {Al-'Alim} of what is in the breasts (of men)." Thus, the meaning is crystal clear. We all answer to God. There is nothing we can conceal from God. Every single thing that we do is in a clear Record. "Kitaab-un Maubeen". So do not think you can hide anything from God.

NOW, Here is Bukhari's ridiculous explanation of the same verse 11:5. in Vol.6 Hadith no. 203: Narrated Muhammed bin Abbad bin Jaafar that he heard Ibn Abbas reciting: " No doubt! they fold up their breasts." and asked him about the explanation. He said, "Some people used to hide themselves while answering the call of nature in an open space lest they be exposed to the sky, so the above revelation was sent down regarding them." According to Bukhari, the whole purpose of this narration was to tell the Sahaba that God could see them defecating and sleeping in the desert. According to Bukhari's logic then, after this verse was revealed, the Sahabahs who travelled in the desert lost all their inhibitions.

Similarly, Bukhari twists Surah Al-Maidah, Verse 5:87 which is "O you who believe! Forbid not the good things which Allah has made lawful for you, and transgress not. Lo! Allah loves not transgressors." To explain this verse, Bukhari first quotes it partially as follows : "O you who believe DO NOT make unlawful the good things which God has made for you"

The explanation by Bukhari (Vol.6 Hadith no. 139) is as follows :
Narrated Abdullah "We used to participate in holy wars conducted by the Prophet and we had no women with us. So, we said (to the Prophet) "Shall we castrate ourselves "? But the Prophet forbade us to do that and therefore he allowed us to marry a woman temporarily by giving her even a garment, and then the Prophet recited. "O you who believe ! Do not make unlawful for you...." It contain a footnote "Temporary marriage (Mut'a) was allowed in the early days of Islam., but later, at the time of the Battle of Khaibar it was prohibited (God knows it better)." The uncertainty in the footnote lends total support to the fact that this is an evil lie against God and the Prophet by Bukhari. The Quran says NOTHING, neither directly nor remotely, that something as unscruplous as temporary marriage can ever be made lawful. Is prostitution an excess? Worse than that it is an evil. Which believer will allow their daughter to receive "even a garment" as payment for temporarily servicing the lusts of any man? And Bukhari has the sahabah coolly suggesting "Shall we castrate ourselves?" Verse 5:87 is such a lovely one, and Bukhari has ruined the explanation with such gross vulgarity!

In Surah 24:33 (An-Nur) God and the messenger told us:
"And let those who cannot find a match keep chaste till Allah give them independence by His grace. And such of your slaves as seek a writing (of emancipation), write it for them if you are aware of aught of good in them, and bestow upon them of the wealth of Allah which He has bestowed upon you. Force not your slave girls to whoredom that you may seek enjoyment of the life of the world, if they would preserve their chastity. And if one force them, then (unto them), after their compulsion, Lo! Allah will be Forgiving, Merciful."

In other words, do not look for sex outside marriage. If you cannot marry, it is better to keep chaste. Control your lust. The messenger said do not force anyone into prostitution, but instead Bukhari says the messenger set the price for hanky panky at merely a piece of garment. This is Bukhari's malicious lie against the Messenger. In truth, the Messenger told his men to control their lusts : Surah 24:30"Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty, that will be better purity for them, and God knows all that they do."

If anyone insisted on following their lusts, the Messenger would have told them "And Allah would turn to you in mercy; but those who follow vain desires would have you go tremendously astray." Surah 4:27, An-Nissa.

The Quran is crystal clear. But Bukhari says you can buy a woman for a price of cloth. I wonder if some of our 'scholars' are secretly delighted about this. I wouldn't put it past them.

Here is another Hadith .. totally senseless and insulting !!! It is under "The book of the Virtues of the Quran". Vol 6, hadith No 503. Narrated Valium Utham. "I was informed that Gabriel came to the Prophet while Um Salma was with him. Gabriel started talking (to the Prophet). Then the Prophet asked Um Salma, 'Who is this ?' She replied 'He is Dihya (Al Kalbi).' When Gabriel had left Um Salma said; 'By God, I did not take him for anybody other than him ( i.e. Dihya) till I heard the sermon of the Prophet wherein he informed about the news of Gabriel.' The subnarrator asked Utham :
From whom have you heard that ? Utham said 'From Usama Bin Zaid' ".

God sent Gabriel with the revelations to be delivered to the Prophet. Therefore Gabriel delivered the revelations to Prophet Muhammed. But here Bukhari says the Prophet did not know Gabriel had come to him. Instead he asks his wife !! Is the Prophet's wife supposed to recognize Gabriel while the Prophet didn't? I don't know why Bukhari and the Hadith narrators took such delight in mocking our beloved Prophet.

Please see Verses 2:97-98 of Surah Al-Baqrah: "Say, who is an enemy to Gabriel for he brings the revelation to thy heart by God's will, a confirmation of what went before. And Guidance and glad tidings for those who believe. Who ever is an enemy to God and His angels and prophets, to Gabriel and Michael, Lo..! God is an
enemy to those who reject faith. "

Gabriel brings the revelations straight to the Prophet's heart (alaiqa Qalbika bi idhnillah) with God's permission. But Bukhari says Gabriel just started talking and the Prophet did not know who it was. He had to ask his wife ..!

Also see Verses 26:192-193 "And lo! it is a revelation of the Lord of the Worlds, Which the True Spirit has brought down Upon your heart, that you may be (one) of the warners, In plain Arabic speech." (26:192-195)

I repeat, Gabriel brought the revelation straight to the Prophet's heart . But Bukhari says the Prophet had to ask his wife of Gabriel : "WHO IS THIS?"

Just as the altered Jewish and Christian Bibles are written by their clerics, similarly it's counterpart, the concocted / fabricated Hadith, has been written by the hands of Bukhari WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF GOD ALMIGHTY.

In Surah Al Baqarah, God Almighty says: Therefore woe to those who distort the scripture with their own hands then say; "This is from God" Seeking a cheap gain. Woe to them for distorting the scripture, and woe to them for their illicit earnings."

As stated earlier, the Hadith of Bukhari is not worth the paper it's printed on. By following such ludicrous hadith which clearly taint the great name of our beloved teacher, Prophet Muhammed (SAAW), we Muslims have been lost for over 1,000 years now. We can only recall the glorious days of the Prophet. Little do we realize that during the glorious days there was NO hadith. There was ONLY the Quran.

God Almighty is the Greatest. And, peace, love and blessings on the Final Messenger and Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad bin Abdullah.


  1. Though I have not researched it as far but the missing part in your article is your reccomendation as a solution to your so called misery. I believe we are all already aware of the differences between all the school of thoughts in Ummah and all we need to focus at is on the similarities in the ahadiths in all the books rather differences. Will appreciate remarks.

  2. Dear brother, Salaams .. so nice to see u here :) Actually my solution is very simple. It's to do away with the Hadith culture altogether. That's because the Noble Quran is the only Book God Almighty wants us to follow. Sectarian divisions (resulting in different schools of thought) will keep deepening as long as Hadith is around. Also it's hard to focus on the similarities of Ahadith, because Ahadith is filled with contradictions even within itself. I think if u gradually read some more posts out here and also check some of the links of interest, u will get a better idea of what I mean.

  3. Sahih ahadeeth are often referred as the explains of quran, which DOES NOT mean without hadith the Quran will be reject or at least ignore it. A muslim who reject Sahih hadit will automatically go out of the fold of Islam. We Muslims pray 2+ 4 + 4 + 3 + 4 fard (compulsory) salat daily which is an implementation of ahadeeth of Rasoolallah (may peace be upon him). Without ahadeeth it is impossible to know how the prophet (may peace be upon him) performed his salat. If we consider Zakah or Hajj or any other major act of Islam, we can’t move a step forward without the Sunna (recorded in Ahadeeth and seera) of our beloved prophet (may peace be upon him).

    In Sahih Bukari Volume 7, Book 71, Number 590 it is reported by Anas (may Allah be pleased with him):
    The climate of Medina did not suit some people, so the Prophet ordered them to follow his shepherd, i.e. his camels, and drink their milk and urine (as a medicine). So they followed the shepherd that is the camels and drank their milk and urine till their bodies became healthy. Then they killed the shepherd and drove away the camels. When the news reached the Prophet he sent some people in their pursuit. When they were brought, he cut their hands and feet and their eyes were branded with heated pieces of iron.
    Drinking urine apparently might sound shocking, but scientists did not rush to criticize the act unlike many of ignorant Muslims of our time do. Clinical studies have proved that the thousands of critical body chemicals and nutrients that end up in urine reflect the individual body's functions. When re-utilised, these chemicals and nutrients act as natural vaccines, antibacterial, antiviral and anticarcinogenic agents as well as hormone balancers and allergy relievers. Urine therapy has been used to treat cancers of the skin, cervix, lungs, eyes, breast, and liver. The first question that probably comes to mind is whether urine is not a toxic substance and how a toxic waste product could ever be of any benefit for your health. Well, urine is NOT a toxic waste product and this has been scientifically proven. 95% of urine is water, 2.5% consists of urea and the remaining 2.5% is a mixture of minerals, salt, hormones and enzymes.

    It is quite strange that when Rasool Allah says in ahadeeth it doesn’t go down the throat of many Muslims but when a doctor suggests the similar medication it is quite charming to many of us. This phenomenon can be rightly termed as Iman deficiency syndrome. I am not asking anyone to drink camel urine, but what I am saying is that messenger (May peace be upon him) had deep wisdom and his every sunna has benefits even if we understand it not. The above mentioned hadith is an interesting clue for scientists of natural product chemistry and drug discovery!

    Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 11 :: Hadith 626
    Narrated Abu Huraira:
    The Prophet said, "No prayer is harder for the hypocrites than the Fajr and the 'Isha' prayers and if they knew the reward for these prayers at their respective times, they would certainly present themselves (in the mosques) even if they had to c awl." The Prophet added, "Certainly I decided to order the Mu'adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses."
    I see no problem with the hadith quoted above unless one do not believe Mohammad (may peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah.

    I wonder without ahadith how can one say the daily salats!