What is the significance of the annual Bukhaari Jalsah which the Darul Ulooms organize? To me there appears much extravagance and show accompanying these gatherings. Please comment.
It is best for our Headquarters, Daarul Uloom Deoband to comment on the customary Bukhaari Jalsahs. We reproduce here the Fatwa of Daarul Uloom Deoband on Bukhaari Jalsahs.
Question: We have heard that no Jalsah on the occasion of the Khatm (completion) of Bukhari Shareef is organized in Darul Uloom Deoband. In view of the practice of the venerable Ulama of Darul Uloom Deoband being based on Shar’i Daleel and worthy of following we deemed it necessary to enquire as to the reason/s for Darul Uloom Deoband not having Jalsah Bukhari Shareef? Kindly elaborate, it will be much appreciated.
Answer: We have already responded to this question. Never did Darul Uloom Deoband ever have a Jalsah dubbed “Khatm-e-Bukhari Jalsah”. Yes, previously the completion date of Bukhari Shareef was set much in advance. This led to many people from far and near attending. The crowds were swelling year by year to the extent that together with the menfolk, women also started attending. They brought along their children. On account of the crowds of women and children a tumultuous situation arose. Thus, the date for the completion of Bukhari Shareef was withheld and is no more pre-set. Now the Khatm is on any day without prior notification and it is conducted in a serene atmosphere.
Mahmood Hasan Bulandshahri
(Muftis of Darul Ifta, Darul Uloom Deoband)