Nawawi's Forty (Al-Arbaʿīn Al-Nawawiyyah) is a compilation of forty-two ahadith by Imam al-Nawawi, most of which are from Sahih Muslim and Sahih al-Bukhari.
Over the centuries there have been different compilations of “Forty Hadith” by various Muslim scholars; an-Nawawi was not the only one to do this. Some of them collected forty hadith narrated by forty different scholars. Others collected forty hadith narrated about forty different places. Some collected forty hadith dealing with a single topic etc. Imam An-Nawawi wanted to collect the ahadith that are considered the basis of Islam.
Imam Nawawi’s 40 Hadith have come to be known as the most comprehensive, and holistic, compilation/collection of hadith of the Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم that convey the essence of Islam. For example, some scholars say that, there are three ahadith that explain the whole Islamic faith:
- "The reward for deeds according to their intentions, every person is rewarded according to their intention."
- “Halal and Haram are clear and that there are doubtful issues in between.”
- “A good Muslim leaves what is none of his concern.” (“One should work to improve one’s self, not others”)
The collection of ahadith covers various themes for a comprehensive understanding of Islam and clear guidelines for powerful personal and societal change such as:
- Intention & Sincerity
- Foundations of Faith
- Pillars of Islam
- Worship and innovation
- Purification of the heart
- The character of the believer
- Juristic rulings and the universal objectives of Islam
- How to build a healthy society
- Being the best, make the most of this life
- Getting to know your lord
Study Imam Nawawi’s cherished collection of ahadith in order to taste the spiritual and practical advice of the Messenger of Allah صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم . Through reflecting upon and implementing these ahadith, you will experience their significance in your lives as Muslims in the 21st Century.
You are guaranteed to discover new openings in life upon a reflection of this book, as it will give you direction in every aspect of your life from being the perfect parent to having a successful career to simply enjoying each day as it comes!
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