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
In the table below, the right hand column lists the books
in the MK translation, from 1 to 93, and each book name is linked
to a local file containing the source text of that book. For each
book in the MK translation the left hand column shows the
corresponding book or books or part of a book
In the nine instances below where a book in FB begins some way
within a book in MK (for example, book 20 of FB begins someway within
book 21 of MK), the number of the FB book is linked to the point
within the M.K. book where it begins.
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.
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