The following is a link to download a beautifully handwritten copy of the most authoritative book of hadith in Sunni Islam, namely, the Jami al-Sahih of Imam Muhammad ibn Isma’il al-Bukhari (d. 256 AH). It was owned by the Ottoman Sunni Caliph known as Sultan Abdal Hamid II
The details of the manuscript:
Bukhārī-yi sharīf : manuscript, [between 1567 and 1568].
بخاري شريف : manuscript، [between 1567 and 1568].
|Other Authors:||Abdülhamid II, Sultan of the Turks, 1842-1918,|
|Subjects:||Bukhārī, Muḥammad ibn Ismāʻīl, > 810-870. > Jāmiʻ al-ṣaḥīḥ.
Manuscripts, Arabic > Michigan > Ann Arbor.
|Note:||Title from spine.
Text rubricated and enclosed in borders of gold, blue, and red; extensive marginal commentary throughout; illumination on pp. [1-2]; substantial damage to pages with some repairs; purple silk bookmark; unusual leather and velvet binding (late 19th- early 20th cent.?); marbled edges.
Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm ibn Ḥusayn….
Dates of copying and copyist’s name in colophon: (Arabic and Persian) tamma … min yad ʻabd al-ḍaʻīf … Shāh Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm ibn Ḥusayn Zīrbāʾī … rūz-i jumʻah māh-i Shawwāl vaqt-i ẓuhr sanat khams fa-sabʻīn fa-tisʻumiʾah [i.e. March-April 1568] … [in margin] nuqilat min nuskhah nuqilat min nuskhat walad al-muʾallif … wa-kāna naskh al-kitāb … fī yawm al-aḥad wa-al-sābiʻ min Jumād al-awwal sanat khams wa-sabʻīn wa-tisʻumiʾah [i.e. 9 November 1567] ʻalá yad afqar Shāh
For the Ṣaḥīḥ itself, see Mich. Isl. Ms. 183.
Purchased in Cairo, 1924. Once part of the personal manuscript collection of Sultan Abdülhamid II of Turkey.
|Physical Description:||1 v. ( p.) ; 34 cm.|
First hadith from this manuscript:
The slideshow image is of the masjid complex where Imam al-Bukhari (rahimahullah) was laid to rest in Samarqand.