The Demise of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) – Part Twenty Three

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) passed away on the night of Eid-ul-Fitr in the year 256 AH. That year, Eid-ul-Fitr fell on a Saturday, and hence Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) passed away the previous night. He was buried on the day of eid, after the zuhr salaah, and he was sixty-two years old at the time of his demise.

Abdul Waahid bin Aadam (rahimahullah) mentions that the night Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) passed away, he saw the following dream, “I saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) standing in a certain place with a group of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). I greeted him with salaam, and he replied to my salaam. I then enquired, ‘What are you waiting for, O Rasul of Allah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)?’ Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied, ‘I am waiting for Muhammed bin Ismaa’eel Bukhaari.”

At that time, Abdul Waahid (rahimahullah) did not have knowledge of the demise of Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah). Hence, he mentions, “A few days after seeing the dream, I received the news that Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullah) had passed away. When I enquired regarding the time of his demise, I found that he had passed away at the exact time when I had seen Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in my dream waiting to receive him.”

(Siyar A’laamin Nubalaa 12/468)

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