Fath al-Bari

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Fathul Bari
Author Ibn Hajr Asqalani
Original title Fath al-Bari bi Sharh Sahih Al-Bukhari
Country Egypt
Language Arabic (main) with various translation.
Subject Hadith, Aqidah, Fiqih
Genre Sharah
Publisher Various
Publication date
circa 773-852 H / 1372-1449 M
Preceded by Sahih al-Bukhari
Complete volume of Fathul Bari

Fath ul-Bari fi Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari (Arabic: فتح الباري‎) ("Grant of the Creator") is the most valued[citation needed] Sunni commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari, written by Ibn Hajr Asqalani. It is reported that it took Asqalani 25 years to finish his work.

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‘Abd al-Hayy ibn ‘Abd al-Kabir al-Kattani said: “When the author of al-Hittah quoted Ibn Khaldun as saying that the explanation of Sahih al-Bukhari is a debt upon the Muslim nation, he said, ‘This debt has been fulfilled by the explanation of al-Hafith Ibn Hajar.’ For that reason, when it was suggested to Muhammad ibn ‘Ali al-Shawkani, that he write an explanation of al-Jami’ al-Sahih by al-Bukhari just as others have, he responded, ‘There is no migration after al-Fath,’ referring to Fath al-Bari."[1]

'Abd al-Hakim Murad said of Fath al-Bari in the introduction to the translation of Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani's commentary on selected hadith (published as a booklet by the Muslim Academic Trust): "The importance of this literature may be gauged by the fact that at least seventy full commentaries have been written on Imam al-Bukhari’s great Sahih... the most celebrated of which is without question the magnificent Fath al-Bari (Victory of the Creator) by Imam Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani, a work which was the crown both of its genre and of the Imam’s academic career. It is appreciated by the ulema for the doctrinal soundness of its author, for its complete coverage of Bukhari’s material, its mastery of the relevant Arabic sciences, the wisdom it shows in drawing lessons (fawa’id) from the hadiths it expounds, and its skill in resolving complex disputes over variant readings."


Editions include one from the Egyptian Press of Mustafa Al-Babi Al-Halabi, 1959 (1378 A.H.).

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  1. ^ Fahras al-Faharis, vol. 1, pg. 322–3, slightly abridged. 'There is no migration after al-Fath' is a reference to a well-known hadith.