For most Muslims, Muhammad al-Bukhari's collection (i.e. Sahih Bukhari) is considered among the most trusted — if not THE most trusted — and authentic collection of hadith.

Are the original copies of his books still available, either in their original physical form or in photographic (i.e. not manual) reproductions? If so, where can they be found?


The original copy (some scanned pages or all?) is shown in this website.
Samples http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vb/attachment.php?s=6b42c101b202b07fedb8f43f749a2aea&attachmentid=90369&d=1328459315 http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vb/attachment.php?s=6b42c101b202b07fedb8f43f749a2aea&attachmentid=90370&d=1328459315

It's said on that page that the original copy is saved in The King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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    This can never be original, the script is Moroccan. – user2756 Jul 4 '13 at 7:09
  • Well most of the fragments quoted in your source are written in a Moroccan (which is indicated by the word مغربي) handwriting, so they could only be original if there have been Students from al-Bukhari who wrote it in that style. Honestly i don't know if al-Bukhari had any student from the Maghreb or al-Andalus! – Medi1Saif Mar 17 '16 at 7:02
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    This site habous.gov.ma/daouat-alhaq/item/6268 clearly says that sahih al-Bukhari only entered al-Anadlus in the last part of the 4th Century a.H. and later came to Morocco. Which means it needed at least one generation in the narrator chain between al-Bukhari and the student/scholar whom copied the book! – Medi1Saif Aug 3 '16 at 9:02

There are a couple of good sources for the early manuscripts of Sahih Bukhari. Check out this website which examines each manuscript and gives dates with footnotes.


Also check out this book on the topic


Caleb Corneloup

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  • None of these can be considered even close to the original as the closest has been copied 200 years later. – Medi1Saif Feb 3 at 17:45

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