By: Imam An-Nawawi
Size: 6x9" (15x22 cm)
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Riyad Al Saleheen - Introduction
Riyad al Saleheen, a famous Islamic book compiled by Imam An Nawawi, contains verses of the Holy Quran and Hadith in 265 chapters. Several renowned Islamic Scholars agree on the authenticity of hadith compiled in this book. The commentaries on hadith have been written by Muhammad ibn al Uthaymeen. The title Riyad al Saleheen means "The Gardens of the Righteous". The meaning of the title name is self-explanatory because the reader knows to gain extensive knowledge about how to live life according to Allah's teachings that we find in the Holy Quran and lives of Allah's messengers. All material except the commentary on hadith has been taken directly from the Holy Quran and Hadith of the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon Him).
Why is Riyad Al Saleheen so Popular?
The authenticity of Hadith in Riyad al Saleheen and the way it has been compiled by Imam Al Nawawi plays an integral role, amongst other features, in its popularity within the Muslim community. The book is rich in knowledge that is essential for Muslims as well as the whole mankind. The fact that Allah's path leads to success in this world and the Hereafter is the main focus of this famous book. It covers a diverse range of topics that are of high importance in a Muslim's life. Being one of the most read and relied upon book on Hadith, it is available in many countries and in different languages. Many famous Islamic universities and madaris use this book in their curriculum.
The Book Structure and Content
Riyad Al Saleheen has been divided into different books focused on individual categories/topics related to everything a person needs to know about the religion (Islam), worldly affairs and the Hereafter. The total number of books is 19 and these have been divided into 265 chapters that include an aggregate number of 1897 hadith. Each topic area is defined in a particular way i.e; it starts with verses from the Holy Quran and then the related hadith are included to further explain the topic. The whole publication covers topic areas such as good manners, virtues, forgiveness, Hajj and several others. As explained earlier, it is a book that covers every aspect of a human's life. The overall arrangement and content of the book is as easy to understand by a learner as it is for a knowledgeable person.
The book has been a great source of learning for people from across the globe with different religious and social backgrounds. There are several non-Muslims who have used this book to understand the important aspects of life in order to live a healthy and successful life. It is highly recommended by famous Islamic scholars because of its authenticity and detailed information. The way this book has been arranged is unmatchable because it starts off with detailed knowledge on sincerity and significance of intentions and all actions, apparent and hidden, and ends on the topic of Forgiveness that is essential to secure heavens in the life hereafter.
Riyadh us Salihen comprises of about 2000 ahadiths in 372 Chapters and 19 Sections: The Book of Good Manners - The Book about the Etiquette of Eating - The Book of Dress -The Book of the Etiquette of Sleeping, Lying and Sitting, etc.- The book of Greetings - The Book of Visiting the Sick - The Book of Etiquette of Traveling - The Book of Virtues - The Book of I'tikaf - The Book of Hajj - The Book of Knowledge - The Book of Praise and Gratitude to Allah - The Book of Supplicating Allah to Exalt the Mention of Allah's Messenger (PBUH) - The Book of the Remembrance of Allah - The Book of Du'a (Supplications) - The Book of the Prohibited Actions - The Book of Miscellaneous Ahadith of Significant values - and The Book of Forgiveness.
About the author - Imam An Nawawi
The author of this publication, Imam An Nawawi's full name is Yahya ibn Sharaf ibn Murree' ibn Hasan ibn Hussein ibn Muhammad ibn Jumu'ah ibn Hizzaam. He is known as Imam An Nawawi because of his place of birth (the village of Nawa, Damascus Syria). He was born in the year 631 H (1233 AD) and during the ten medial days of Muharram. Imam An Nawawi is known as one of the most knowledgeable scholar of Islam and has contributed whole his life towards Islam. He has written several Islamic books which are well-known to contain extensive knowledge about different religious matters.
He memorized the Holy Quran at an early age and then his father took him to Damascus so that he can attain knowledge from a well-known madarasa of that time, Al Madrasah Al-Rawaaheeyah. He was blessed with excellent memory and was able to memorize several famous books such as 'al-Tanbeeh fee Furoo' alShaaji 'eeyah and 'al-Muhadhab fee al-Furoo. He was also blessed with a very quick learning ability and this quality secured his acquisition of a sea of knowledge in a life span of only 44 years.
Imam An Nawawi followed very famous scholars in the Branches of Fiqh and Usool, field of Hadeeth and Grammar and language, the results are obvious in his publications as these are being studied in the Muslim community and well regarded as authentic source of knowledge in their respective topics. Imam An Nawawi attained great respect amongst scholars and he is being known as 'Imaam of Asceticism', the 'Model of Piety,' the 'Exemplar in the Commandment of Good and the Avoidance of Evil,' and the 'Counselor to the Rulers.
During his life, Imam An Nawawi had established some principles which he followed. Some notable principles of his life were that he was dedicated to teach his knowledge to other while being at the institute, Dar al Hadeeth, and he gave his salary to charity instead of using it for himself. He also never accepted gifts from anyone unless he needed that item. The life he lived is full of such examples which show that he was dedicated to sacrifice his life for the religion.
Shaykh al Uthaymeen (Author of the commentary on the book)
Shaykh al Uthaymeen is known as Abu 'Abdullah, Muhammad ibn Salih ibn Muhammad ibn 'Uthaymeen al-Muqbil al-Wuhaybee al-Tameemee. He was born on the 27th of Ramadan 1347 H in the city of Unayzah, Qaseem. From an early age he started to read the Holy Quran under the supervision of his grandfather, Shaykh 'AbdurRahman ibn Sulaymaan Aala Daarnigh. He then memorized the Holy Quran and later on he became a scholar with great command on religious knowledge.
Shaykh al Uthaymeen was nominated as for the Imamate of the Mosque, al-Jaami 'a al-Kabeer after the former Imam, Shaykh 'AbdurRahman al-Sa'dee passed away in the year 1376 H. He was also awarded with an opportunity to hold a position in the judiciary by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ibraheem Ala Shaykh, Muftee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has a long list of students who study under his supervision. Shaykh al Uthaymeen died at the age of 75 in January 2001 at the same place where he was born (Unaizah Saudi Arabia.)