In this book, Imām al-Bukhārī briefly touches on the virtues of acquiring sacred knowledge before engaging in a detailed discussion on the etiquettes of seeking it and disseminating it. He also addresses the various views held by scholars of the generations prior to him and during his life on various technical issues related to ḥadīth sciences and then provides his viewpoints on those issues. He then addresses the prophecy of knowledge being stripped from people during the end times and condemns those who withhold it from others for no valid reason.
This book is an essential source for those pursuing higher Islamic studies. It exposes them to detailed scholarly discussions and exposes Imām al-Bukhārī’s scholarly brilliance. Reading this book will assist a committed student in learning how to conduct a scholarly dialogue with adversaries in a dignified and respectful fashion and presenting their viewpoints in an inoffensive manner.