Translations of Sahih al-Bukhari
Matching the book numbering between Maulana Muhammad
Alis Urdu translation and commentary Fadl-ul-Bari and
the English translation of M. Muhsin Khan
by Zahid Aziz
I have created a comparative chart, given further
below, to help in cross-locating hadith reports between the following
two translations of Sahih al-Bukhari:
Sahih al-Bukhari is divided into books as the major
division, each book (or kitab) dealing with a different subject.
In the table below, the right hand column simply lists the books
in the Muhsin Khan translation, from 1 to 93. For each book, the
left hand column shows the book or books or part
of a book in Fadl-ul-Bari which match that book.
As can be seen, Books 1 to 7 in the M.K. translation correspond
to the same Book numbers in Fadl-ul-Bari. After that differences
arise for the following reasons:
- There are 3 cases where two books in the M.K. translation are
counted as one complete book in Fadl-ul-Bari. For example,
Books 8 and 9 of M.K. correspond to Book 8 of Fadl-ul-Bari.
- There are 8 cases where one book in the M.K. translation
is counted as two complete books in Fadl-ul-Bari. For example,
Book 21 of M.K. corresponds to Books 19 and 20 of Fadl-ul-Bari.
- Book 56 of M.K. begins within Book 60 of Fadl-ul-Bari
at its Chapter 50 and runs to the end of Book 61 of Fadl-ul-Bari.
Links: Each book number in the right hand column is linked
to that book on the USC Islamic server. In the left hand column,
whenever a book of Fadl-ul-Bari begins someway inside a book
in the M.K. translation, that book number is linked to the position
within the M.K. book where it begins. (For example, the number 20
in the Fadl-ul-Bari column is a link to the position
within Book 21 of M.K. where Book 20 of Fadl-ul-Bari begins.)
Important note: The M.K. English translation online consists
of the hadith reports only, while the Fadl-ul-Bari
Urdu translation also gives the chapter (bab) titles and
headings under which hadith reports are further grouped in Sahih
al-Bukhari within each book. This means that:
- When we say that Book 9 in M.K. begins at chapter
90 of Book 8 in Fadl-ul-Bari, it means that it begins at
the first hadith under chapter 90.
- Any statements quoted by Bukhari in his chapter
headings (e.g. certain comments of the Companions of the Holy
Prophet) as found in Fadl-ul-Bari are not present in the