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An-Nawawis Forty Hadith: Arabic-English UK Print ITS
[DD#0761 1R1 PB 132pp A5, 0946621 65 Ezzedin Ibrahim and Denys Johnson-Davies, Islamic Tex]

An-Nawawis Forty Hadith: Arabic-English UK Print ITS

An-Nawawis Forty Hadith Arabic-English
Imam Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi

Translated by Ezzedin Ibrahim and Denys Johnson-Davies
132 Pages Paper Back
Published by Islamic Text Society, Cambridge  (Original UK Publication)
size: 216 x 138mm Published: 1997
Other: Bilingual edition. Index.
0 946621 65 9

This collection of forty hadith by one of the most famous compilers of hadith is generally regarded as the most popular anthology and the best introduction to the study of the Prophet’s sayings which, together with the Qur’an, contain the essential teachings of Islam. The Arabic original has been printed alongside the English translation for the benefit of those with a knowledge of Arabic. The translation, by two scholars working in close collaboration, combines accuracy with readability.

Table of Contents

  1. Translators’ Introduction in English
  2. Translators’ Introduction in Arabic
  3. Imam an-Nawawi’s Introduction in Arabic
  4. The Hadith: Arabic text with Facing English Translation
Imam an-Nawawi assembled his collection of forty two ahadith together with the minimum of fiqh and commentary necessary for people not to misunderstand them. with Arabic followed by Translation
Imam Nawawi describes this work as follows in his introduction
'I, however, considered it best to bring together forty hadith more important than all of these, being forty hadith which would incorporate all of these, each hadith being one of the great precepts of religion, described by religious scholars as being 'the axis of Islam ' or 'the half of Islam' or 'the third of it ', or the like, and to make it a rule that these forty hadith be [classified as] sound and that the majority of them be in the Sahihs of Al-Bukhari and Muslim.'
He goes on to Say:
'Every person wishing to attain the Hereafter should know these hadith because of the important matters they contain and the directions they give in respect of all forms of obedience, this being obvious to anyone who has reflected upon it'

About Imam al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277)

Imam Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi was Born in the village of Nawa in Southern Syria, Imam Nawawi spent most of his life in Damascus where he lived in a simple manner, devoted to Allah, engaging single-mindedly in worship, study, writing and teaching various Islamic sciences. .
Although best known for his works in hadith, Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277) was also the Imam of the later Shafi'i school of Jurisprudence, and widely acknowledged as the intellectual heir to
Imam Shafi'i. He was a renowned scholar and jurist who dedicated his life to the pursuit of Islamic learning.
Imam Nawawi died at the young age of 44 years, leaving behind him numerous works of great

Imam Nawawi is well know for books which are easy to understand

About the Translators

Ezzedin Ibrahim, formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of the United Arab Emirates, is the author of numerous publications on Islamic subjects and Arabic literature. At present, he is Cultural Adviser to the President of the United Arab Emirates.
Denys Johnson-Davies is a well-known translator, having published more than twenty-five volumes of short stories, novels and poems. Among his recent translations is Al-Ghazali on the Manners Relating to Eating, published by The Islamic Texts Society
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