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Is Sahih Bukhari the most authentic hadith book for salah prayer according to Imam Abu Hanifa (RA)?

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Please guide me as I pray like Imam Abu Hanifa (RA) am I correct? Should I follow Sahih Bukhari method of salah as I heard Sahih Bukhari is most authentic hadith book of all the books. Please quote hadith of our salah prayer I mean Imam Abu Hanifa salah method?


(Fatwa: 96/77/N=1434)

The sunnah method of salah as per Hanafi Fiqh has been mentioned in the light of the holy Quran and the Hadith of the holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Neither Imam Abu Hanifa nor any other Hanafi Alim has made any addition or deletion that you want to leave thinking as non-Sunnah. (For details see: al-Ala al-Sunan and Athar al-Sunan etc) All the hadith of Bukhari are not most authentic from all other books of hadith, rather some hadith of other books are more authentic than some hadith of Bukhari. Hence there is difference between Muhaddithin regarding most reliable chain as it is mentioned in the books of Usul Hadith. Also Imam Bukhari has collected hadith in Bukhari as per his Fiqh and Maslak and he has not collected all the Sahih hadith, rather he has left many Sahih hadith as well. Allama Hazmi (رحمة الله) has mentioned in Shurut al-Ayimmah al-Khamsa (رحمة الله) with his sanad with Imam Bukhari that he remembered one lakh Sahih and one lakh non-Sahih hadith, while the number of ahadith marfua along with repetitions in Bukhari is only 9082. Also he has mentioned: “I have only selected Sahih hadith and the Sahih hadith which I have left are more in number.” Hence it is purely injustice to reject the Sahih hadith of other hadith books in contrary to Bukhari Sharif.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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