Sahih Bukhari (in Arabic صحيح البخاري, Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī) is a collection of hadiths (narrations) by a non-arab, al-Bukhari, who was born in Persia around 200 years after Muhammad's death . He collected narrations which were transmitted only orally for generations. Although he started collecting the orally transmitted stories generations after Muhammad's death, the collection is called "authentic" (sahih). The "authenticness" of a narration is judged by subjectively judging the people in the chain of narrators (if they were good truthful Muslims). In the English translation of the hadiths, often only the last narrator (the one who narrated it to Bukhari) is mentioned, and sometimes only the first narrator from the time of Muhammad is mentioned. But in the original Arabic, there is always a long list of narrators. This collection of hadiths is considered (by sunni Muslims) to be the most authentic along with the collection Sahih Muslim. It is also part of "the six books" (الكتب الستة, Al-Kutub as-Sittah), the most trusted hadith collections in sunni Islam. There are over 7000 narrations in the collection, but there are often different versions of the same story, so the actual number of narrations is less than 3000 .
Bukhari's original manuscripts
They are lost. His work was transmitted to us by his student al-Firabri. So technically, Bukhari and Firabri should be added to the (already long) chains of narrations of every hadith.
The whole collection was translated to English by Muhsin Khan. His translations uses the 97 books version. The collection was translated into many other languages.
The English text often isn't a literal translation of the Arabic original. For example the book "كتاب السلم" (kitaab us-sallam, book of payment) is named "A book of Sales in which a Price is paid for Goods to be Delivered Later". Other times they are so literal, that they are actually not translation, but only a transliteration, for example "Khusoomaat" (Quarrels).
Just like in the Qur'an translations, when the Arabic original text is too violent or absurd, the English translation uses euphemisms, transliteration, mis-translation or just doesn't translate it at all.
For example, in the 58th Book (with only a transliterated name) "Jizyah and Mawaada'ah" (the tax and the peace treaty), the first chapter is named:
- In English: "Al-Jizya taken from the Dhimmi"
- In Arabic: "باب الْجِزْيَةِ وَالْمُوَادَعَةِ مَعَ أَهْلِ الْحَرْبِ"
- باب (baab) - chapter
- الْجِزْيَةِ (al-jizya) - (of) the tax
- وَالْمُوَادَعَةِ (wal-mawaada'ah) - and the peace treaty
- مَعَ (ma'a) - with
- أَهْلِ (ahl) - people
- الْحَرْبِ (al-harbi) - (of) the war
We would expect that the English word "dhimmi" is a transliteration of the Arabic word dhimmi (ذمي), but the name of the chapter actually says "people of war" (أَهْلِ الْحَرْبِ, ahl il-harbi) and doesn't use the word dhimmi (ذمي). This might be even called "mis-transliteration". Also the chapter mentions the Mawaada'ah (الموادعة), the peace treaty (of not killing them), while the translation says only "jizya".
There is more than one way of numbering the hadiths in this collection. Every hadith has it's own number (from 1 to 7495 , 7563 or 7658 ), but the collection was also divided into volumes and books. There are either 93, 97  or 98  books and there are 9 volumes (in the 93 books version). So for example, if someone tells you about a hadith in the book 98, you might find out your collection has only 93 books and the hadith is actually in the book 93 in your collection. Also what is in one version considered as two separate hadiths might be in other collection considered to be one big hadith. So we can't tell how many hadiths are there.
In the 93 books (USC-MSA) version, the hadith numbering is not from the first hadith of the whole collection, but from the first hadith of the first book of the volume. The hadith identificator is volume:book:hadith. For example, 9:84:53, is the first hadith of the book 84, and it has the number 53, because volume 9 started with the book 83 and the book 83 has 52 hadiths. The same hadith could be described as 88:1, because it is the 1st hadith of the book 88 in the 97 books version (or 89:1 in the 97 books version). It could be also described with one number 6918, as it is the 6918th hadith from the beginning of the whole Sahih Bukhari collection (in the 93 books version). And it could be also described with the number 7004 (more than 6918), because in the 93 books version, some hadiths from the 98 books version, were "joined" and considered to be one hadith.
This is a list of all names used in different versions . The first three columns "98", "97" and "93" contain a number of the book with the name "Book name" in the 98, 97 or 93 version. The last three columns Q98, Q97 and Q93 contain the number (Quantity) of hadiths in the book "Book name" in the 98, 97 and 93 books version. "x" means that a book with this name is not a part of that version (the hadiths which would be in that book are in some other book instead).
|7||7||7||1||Ablution (rubbing hands and feet) with dust (tayammum)||15||15||15|
|x||x||9||1||Virtues of the prayer hall (sutra)||x||x||27|
|9||9||10||1||Times of prayers||78||82||77|
|10||10||11||1||Call to prayers||265||273||122|
|x||x||12||1||Characteristics of prayer||x||x||134|
|13||13||15||2||The two festivals (eids)||37||42||36|
|15||15||17||2||Invoking Allah for rain (istisqaa)||34||35||31|
|17||17||19||2||Prostration during recital of Qur'an||13||13||13|
|18||18||20||2||Shortening the prayers||37||40||35|
|19||19||21||2||Prayer at night (tajjud)||63||68||68|
|20||20||x||2||Virtues of prayer at Masjid Makkah and Madinah||9||10||x|
|21||21||22||2||Actions while praying||27||26||40|
|22||22||x||2||Forgetfulness in prayer||14||13||x|
|24||24||24||2||Obligatory charity tax (Zakat)||116||118||95|
|x||x||25||2||Zakat ul-Fitr (ramadan charity)||x||x||10|
|26||26||27||3||Minor pilgrimage (Umrah)||33||33||32|
|27||27||28||3||Pilgrims prevented from completing the pilgrimage||17||15||14|
|28||28||29||3||Penalty of hunting while on pilgrimage||46||46||44|
|29||29||30||3||Virtues of Madinah||24||24||24|
|31||31||32||3||Praying at night in Ramadan||6||6||16|
|32||32||x||3||Virtues of the night of Qadr||11||x||x|
|33||33||33||3||Retiring to a mosque for remembrance of Allah||21||21||21|
|34||34||34||3||Sales and trade||193||192||178|
|35||35||35||3||Sales in which a price is paid for goods to be delivered later||16||18||20|
|38||38||37||3||Transferance of a debt from one person to another||3||3||10|
|40||40||38||3||Representation, Authorization, Business by proxy||18||21||17|
|42||42||40||3||Distribution of water||31||33||29|
|43||43||41||3||Loans, payment of loans, freezing of property, bankruptcy||24||25||38|
|45||45||42||3||Lost things picked up by someone||15||14||12|
|49||49||46||3||Manumission (freeing) of slaves||42||43||47|
|50||50||x||3||Makaatib (slaves trying to be free)||6||6||x|
|55||55||51||4||Wills and testaments||45||44||40|
|56||56||52||4||Fighting for the cause of Allah (jihaad)||311||309||283|
|57||57||53||4||One-fifth of booty to the cause of Allah||63||65||89|
|58||58||x||4||Jizyah and mawaada'ah (tax on dhimmis and a peace treaty)||30||34||x|
|59||59||54||4||Beginning of creation||137||136||130|
|61||61||56||4||Virtues and merits of the prophet and his companions / merits of sunnah||152||160||183|
|62||62||57||5||Companions of the prophet||136||127||118|
|63||63||58||5||Merits of the helpers in Madinah||179||173||166|
|64||64||59||5||Military expeditions led by the prophet||510||525||465|
|65||65||60||6||Prophetic commentary on the Qur'an||516||504||501|
|66||66||61||6||Virtues of the Qur'an||89||85||81|
|69||69||64||7||Supporting the family||23||22||23|
|71||71||66||7||Sacrifice on occasion of birth||9||8||8|
|73||73||68||7||Al-Adha festival sacrifice||31||30||28|
|78||78||73||8||Good manners and form||266||257||245|
|81||81||76||8||To make the heart tender||186||182||172|
|82||82||77||8||Divine will (qadar)||27||27||25|
|83||83||78||8||Oaths and vows||89||87||81|
|84||84||79||8||Expiation for unfulfilled oaths||16||16||18|
|85||85||80||8||Laws of inheritance||47||49||47|
|86||86||81||8||Limits and punishments set by Allah||31||88||31|
|87||x||82||8||Punishments of disbelievers at war with Allah and his apostle / Disbelievers||52||x||49|
|89||88||84||9||Dealing with apostates||21||22||20|
|90||89||85||9||Saying something under compulsion||13||13||12|
|92||91||87||9||Interpretation of dreams||68||66||59|
|93||92||88||9||Afflictions and the end of the world||90||89||81|
|96||95||91||9||Accepting information given by a truthful person||21||22||21|
|97||96||92||9||Holding fast to the Qur'an and sunnah||98||103||96|
|98||97||93||9||Oneness, uniqueness of Allah||194||193||184|
Sahih Bukhari is a collection of narrations from people who lived with Muhammad. The word "sahih" means "authentic", but since Bukhari started collecting them hundereds of years after Muhammad and all of the narrations have a long chain of narrations (like "someone said, that someone else said, that someone else said, that she said, that he said that Muhammad did something"), it is questionable, whether those narrations are actually authentic. Nevertheless this collection is considered to be the most authentic by sunni Muslims.
The English translation by Muhsin Khan is not very reliable.
The collection is divided into 9 volumes and volumes are divided into books. There are more than 90 books. One book can contain from a few to hundereds of hadiths (narrations). Since the numbering of both books and hadiths is problematic (there are more numbering methods), we can't say how many books and how many hadiths there are. Also we can't say which book contains the biggest number of hadiths. But we can say that (in all numbering methods) the 3 biggest books are:
- Military expeditions led by the prophet
- Prophetic commentary on the Qur'an
- Fighting for the cause of Allah (jihaad)
So two out of three biggest books of narrations about Muhammad's life are about killing people. The book "Military expeditions led by the prophet" contains over 500 hadiths. While the book of "Peacemaking" contains less then 30 hadiths. From this we can conclude that killing people was a very big part of Muhammad's life (of his "sunna").
- Sahih Bukhari online with English translation
- Muhammad died 632. Bukhari was born 810.
- The most common narrators from Muhammad's generation are Abu Huraira and Aisha. See also  and .
- A.C. Brown, Jonathan (2009). Hadith: Muhammad's Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (Foundations of Islam series). Oneworld Publications. p. 32. ISBN 978-1851686636.
- The 98 version is from the web al-islamic.net, the 97 version from sunnah.com and the 93 version from sahih-bukhari.com