Criticism On Imam Bukhari

I would greatly appreciate your comments on the following: “Al-Bukhari’s methodology in portraying Prophet Mohammad’s Personality (sws)” published in the Ahl-Al-Qur’an website )

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Is The ‘Sahih Bukhari’ Error Free?

Though there are many who claim that every hadeeth recorded in the Sahih Bukhari collection is authentic, there are some traditions in the collection that seem to contradict each other. I would like to refer to a tradition that mentions hazrat Zainab sws to be the one who served the prophet Muhammad sws honey and another that claims hazrat Hafsah sws was the person who served that honey. It is this incident that led to the revelation of the first few verses of the 66th surah of the Quran though there is another tradition also recorded in Sahih Bukhari that claims a different reason for the revelation of the these verses. Please explain why with the presence of such traditions there are still sholars who claim Sahih Bukhari to be authentic? I understand that the method used by Imam Bukhari is regarded as the most strict with regards to authentication, but I do not understand what makes it error-free.

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امام بخاری

ایک لیکچر میں غامدی صاحب نے امام بخاری کے بارے میں ایک سوال کے جواب میں کہا کہ بہر حال وہ ایک انسانی کام ہے۔ پھر انھوں نے یہ بھی کہا کہ بخاری میں ایسی چیزیں بھی ہیں جو شرک کے درجے کی ہیں۔ برائے مہربانی ان کی نشاندہی کر دیجیے۔ کیا مسلم میں بھی ایسی حدیثیں ہیں۔


Prophet (sws) advised people to drink the urine of camels?

Assalaamu alaikum

I have come across this following Hadith with some variations:

حَدَّثَنَا مُوسَى بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، حَدَّثَنَا هَمَّامٌ، عَنْ قَتَادَةَ، عَنْ أَنَسٍ ـ رضى الله عنه :

The climate of Medina did not suit some people, so the Prophet (ﷺ) 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 (ﷺ) 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. (Sahih al-Bukhari 5686) [ Variations : Sahih al-Bukhari 6802 ; Jami` at-Tirmidhi 72 ; Sahih al-Bukhari 1501 ; Sunan ibn Majah Hadith 3632 ; Sunan an-Nasa'i 4024 ]

The hadith seems to contradict notions of purity of consumption of food and water in the Quran and common sense. Moreover, the prophet mutilated them for crime that seems very conspicuous. What could be the right interpretation of this hadith? Is this hadith sound in terms of content and narrators?


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