The Narrations of Sufyānaīn in Shahīh al-Bukhārī
Sahīh al-Bukhārī is considered one of the most authentic books in Hadith literature because Imām al-Bukhārī (d. 256/870) narrated ahādīth on the authority of a meticulous procedure and on the credit of the veritable and verifiable narrators. Sufyān al-Thawrī (d. 161/777) and Sufyān b. Uyaynah (d. 198/813) are topmost among the trustworthy and reliable narrators and are considered as mentors in Hadith and its sciences. Quite a sizable number of ahādīth are quoted in Sahīh al-Bukhārī on their authority. As the students of Sufyān al-Thawrī and Ibn Uyaynah usually refer to them by their names which makes it easier to access their narrations. However, there are a number of narrations in Sahāh al-Bukhārī that are ascribed by the common name Sufyān with no clue whether these narrations belong to Sufyān al-Thawrī or Sufyān b. Uyaynah. A consensus developed from the historical position is that Sufyān al-Thawrī is the preceptor of Sufyān b. Uyaynah. Hence whenever there are two intermediaries among al-Bukhārī and Sufyān, it would be al-Thawrī, and whenever there is one narrator between al-Bukhārī and Sufyān, it would be Ibn Uyaynah. This study aims to focus on the five hundred and seventy-eight (578) ahādīth in Sahīh al-Bukhārī that have been narrated on the authgority of fourteen (14) narrators from Sufyān al-Thawrī or Ibn Uyaynah. Moreover those narrators are referred to their source in sanad on Sufyān only. Consequently, the study is concluded on the way of differentiation between the narrations of both narrators and brings round the ahādīth belong to Sufyān al-Thawrī as well as the ahādīth belong to his student Ibn Uyaynah in Sahīh al-Bukhārī.
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