Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari
Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari was born in 810 in Bukhara. His father, one of the interpreters of sacred traditions, died when al-Bukhari was still a child. The boy stayed with his mother, a well-educated woman who gave the child an excellent education. By the age of 7, he had already studied the entire Qur’an, and by the age of 10, he knew by heart several thousand hadiths, At 16, after a perfect hajj to Mecca, al-Bukhari continued his travels in Muslim countries. During his travels, he communicated with renowned theologians and interpreters of the Qur’an, and with special enthusiasm he collected hadiths. Possessing a rare memory, al-Bukhari knew by heart a little more than 300 thousand hadiths collected by him for almost 42 years, several hundred thousand sacred legends.
Al-Bukhari continued to write his book Al-Jomiy al-Sahih, which included 7275 authentic hadiths, for almost 16 years. After all the trips, he again returned to Bukhara, where he began to teach everyone to read and write.
And everything would be fine if the Bukhara ruler, Tahirid Holy ibn Ahmad, in 870 did not express a desire for al-Bukhari to move to his palace and begin to educate only his children. Al-Bukhari answered with a categorical refusal, to which he received an ultimatum: either he lives and educates future rulers in the palace, or he has no place in Bukhara. Al-Bukhari leaves Bukhara, deciding to move to Samarkand.
Halfway to Samarkand, he dies of a serious illness in the village of Hartang. He is buried in a local cemetery, which overnight becomes a sacred pilgrimage site for Muslims. In the XVI century, near the place of his burial, a mosque was built and plane trees planted.
The mausoleum of Imam Ismail al-Bukhari will remain a place of pilgrimage for many years, and plane trees planted many centuries ago will hide from the heat travelers who have come to pay tribute to the memory of a great man.