SAMARKAND: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today offered Fateha at the mausoleum of Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Bukhari, commonly known as Imam Bukahri.

Born in Bukhara, Imam Bukhari died in 870 AD and buried some 25 kilometers from Samarkand.

He is known as the most prominent theologian, the Hadith collector and the author of Sahih al-Bukhari, the second most important book for Muslims after the Holy Quran.

The prime minister paid rich tribute to the services of Imam Bukhari to Islam particularly for the collection of Ahadith.

The tour guide apprised Sharif about Imam Bukhari’s life and his struggle for the collection of Ahadith.

In his remarks, the prime minister said Imam Bukhari was a renowned name among Muslims and his collection of Ahadith is most authentic.

He also visited the Imam Bukhari complex housing library and Ahadith training centre.

Following Uzbekistan’s independence, on Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s initiative, a magnificent memorial complex was built comprising a mausoleum, a mosque, a library and a seminary.

The construction of complex involved the best builders and craftsmen of Samarkand, Tashkent, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Andijan, Namangan and Kokand.

Later, Governor of Samarkand Zair Tairov hosted a luncheon reception for the prime minister.

The Prime Minister reached here on second leg of two-day visit of Uzbekistan as he passed busy Tuesday in Tashkent where he met President Islam Karimov, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev and discussed bilateral and regional matters of mutual interests.