The 40 Hadith of An-Nawawi (Intro)

We just moved recenlty, alhamdulillah. Today I was unpacking my hubby’s very nice mini Islamic library in search of An-Nawawi’s 40 hadith. I just realized how many many books I really need to read…O_o

The one I’m reading is this 3 volume set by Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo. InshaAllah for my own benefit (and others’!) I’ll be putting up each hadith in English and what gems I gained from it.

This intro includes the 2 introductions at the beginning of the book (by Dr. Jaafar Sheikh Idrees and Dr. Zarabozo).


An-Nawawi’s 40 hadith are known to be amongst the most important sayings of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam. The book is well known by all Muslims – who hasn’t heard of Imam An-Nawawi? These ahadith are considered to be some of the most comprehensive and important hadith for the individual Muslim.

Allah willing, if a Muslim truly understands them and implements them, then the path to Paradise will be made easy for him.

The Prophet’s speech was very special. He sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam said so much in very few words. His words had a lot of depth. The layman (you and I) may be unable or unqualified, often, to derive meaning from his words, and that is why it is so important for us to read such scholarly works as this one. Many of the ahaadeeth (which is just the plural of “hadith”) can only be understood in context of other ahaadeeth and ayaat of the Qur’an. Have you ever just randomly opened up Bukhaari and read a hadith? Some of them just don’t make sense by themselves! Therefore, it’s important to learn the Sunnah with scholarly explanation.

The Sunnah consists of the Prophet’s sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam own statements, own deeds and others’ acts whch he approved of tacitly.

Until now, there haven’t been many scholarly commentaries of hadith in English. Most of what is available are just translations. Alhamdulillah for this book set 🙂

The format the author follows for each hadith is as follows:

  1. First, of course, the Arabic text is given.
  2. a translation (which is an improvement on the existing ones)
  3. an Arabic list of all of the important words and phrases and a brief explanation of them in English
  4. a brief scholarly discussion on the status of the hadith
  5. General comments on the hadith and a biographical sketch of the sahabah (companion) who reported the hadith
  6. studying the hadith in great detail. Not only does the author translate and quote other scholars, but he adds, discusses and evaluates himself.

Imam Zarabozo goes into great depth for each hadith. Therefore, the reader will not only be reading the explanation of the hadith, but he will be introduced to many branches of Islamic science, the different sciences of hadith, the science of textual interpretation, the science of jurisprudence, law, and even the Arabic language.

Ah! That seems like a whole lot. I know my measly notes will not do justice to it. That is why I am just doing tidbits 😀

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2 Responses to The 40 Hadith of An-Nawawi (Intro)

  1. Umm Hurairah says:

    Perhaps you might consider posting these beautiful recitations of the ahadith by Saad Al Ghaamdi with each hadith post.

    • ummibraheem says:

      As salaamu ‘alaykum sister,
      That’s so funny, my husband and son were just listening to those yesterday! 🙂

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