Fatwa: # 30200
Category: Beliefs and Practices (Aq...
Country: Tunisia
Date: 31st March 2019

Title

Is it true that Imam Bukhari was blind?

Question

imam bukhari blinds, is this narration authentic about him being blind but being cured by his mothers duas?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Dear Brother,

The incident of Imam Bukhari Rahimahullah being blind when he was young and his eyesight being restored through his mother’s duas is true.

Imam Dhahabi Rahimahullah mentions in Siyar A’lamin Nubala:

مُحَمَّدُ بنُ أَحْمَدَ بنِ الفَضْلِ البَلْخِيُّ، سَمِعْتُ أَبِي يَقُوْلُ: ذهبَتْ عينَا مُحَمَّدِ بنِ إِسْمَاعِيْلَ فِي صِغَرِهِ فرأَتْ وَالِدتُهُ فِي المَنَامِ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ الخَلِيْلَ - عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَم - فَقَالَ لَهَا: يَا هَذِهِ، قَدْ رَدَّ اللهُ عَلَى ابْنِكِ بصرَهُ لكَثْرَةِ بُكَائِكِ، أَوْ كَثْرَةِ دُعَائِكِ - شكَّ البَلْخِيُّ - فَأَصْبحْنَا وَقَدْ رَدَّ اللهُ عَلَيْهِ بصرَهُ

Translation: Muhammad bin Ahmad al Fadhl Al-Balkhi Rahimahullah narrated that he heard his father narrate “Muhammad bin Ismail (Imam Bukhari) lost his eyesight in his youth, so his mother saw Ibrahim Alihis salam in her dream who mentioned to her ‘Indeed, Allah has restored your sons eyesight because of your excessive crying/excessive dua (doubt is from Al-Balkhi)’. When she woke up from sleep she saw that (Imam Bukharis) eyesight was restored.” [12/393]  

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Tareque Ahmed

Student Darul Iftaa
New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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فتح الباري لابن حجر (1/ 478)

فروى غُنْجَار فِي تَارِيخ بخاري واللالكائي فِي شرح السّنة فِي بَاب كرامات الْأَوْلِيَاء مِنْهُ أَن مُحَمَّد بن إِسْمَاعِيل ذهبت عَيناهُ فِي صغره فرأت والدته الْخَلِيل إِبْرَاهِيم فِي الْمَنَام فَقَالَ لَهَا يَا هَذِه قد رد الله على ابْنك بَصَره بِكَثْرَة دعائك قَالَ فَأصْبح وَقد رد الله عَلَيْهِ بَصَره

سير أعلام النبلاء ط الرسالة (12/ 393)

أَحْمَدُ بنُ مُحَمَّدِ بنِ حَفْصٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بنُ أَحْمَدَ بنِ سُلَيْمَانَ، أَخْبَرَنَا خَلَفُ بنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بنُ أَحْمَدَ بنِ الفَضْلِ البَلْخِيُّ، سَمِعْتُ أَبِي يَقُوْلُ: ذهبَتْ عينَا مُحَمَّدِ بنِ إِسْمَاعِيْلَ فِي صِغَرِهِ فرأَتْ وَالِدتُهُ فِي المَنَامِ إِبْرَاهِيْمَ الخَلِيْلَ - عَلَيْهِ السَّلاَم - فَقَالَ لَهَا: يَا هَذِهِ، قَدْ رَدَّ اللهُ عَلَى ابْنِكِ بصرَهُ لكَثْرَةِ بُكَائِكِ، أَوْ كَثْرَةِ دُعَائِكِ - شكَّ البَلْخِيُّ - فَأَصْبحْنَا وَقَدْ رَدَّ اللهُ عَلَيْهِ بصرَهُ

 

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