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RIYADH US SALIHEEN


Riyadh us-Saliheen (The Gardens of the Righteous), is a compilation of ayah from the Qur'an and hadith by Yahiya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi.

 

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Title

Riyadh as-Saliheen

 

Author

The book was compiled by Imam An-Nawawi who was the great scholar of Hadith and Fiqh of his time. Imam Nawawi was born in the year 631 A.H in Nawa in the region of Huraan in outskirts of Damascus.

 

Nawa had no academic or scholarly atmosphere and there were no religious academies or institutes where one could earn excellence in religious learning, so his father took him to Damascus, which was considered the center of learning and scholarship, and the students from far and wide gathered there for schooling. Imam Nawawi joined Madrasah Rawahiyah which was affiliated with the Ummvi University. He died in 676 A.H. in Nawa.

 

Imam Nawawi had written a large number of valuable books. Some of the books he completed were a commentary on Sahih Muslim, Ar-Rowdah, Al-Minhaj, Al-Adhkar, At-Tibain.. and many other books.

 

Description of book

Riyadh us Saliheen is an extremely popular and useful compilation of authentic hadith. Covering every aspect of Islamic belief and moral conduct, it selects approximately 2000 hadith in 372 Chapters and 19 Sections,from the six major collections: Sahih Al Bukhari, Sahih Al Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, An-Nisai and Ibn Majah. It serves as an excellent hadith primer and daily reader.

 

Categorization and division of chapters

Riyad-us-Saliheen has approximately 2000 authentic Ahadith. It has 372 chapters and 19 sections covering good manners, etiquettes of eating, dressing up, sleeping, lying and sitting, greeting, visiting the sick, etiquettes of traveling, I’tikaf, Hajj, seeking knowledge, explanation of virtues, praise of Allah and expression of gratitude, supplicating, fasting, remembrance of Allah, details of prohibited actions, forgiveness, and miscellaneous Ahadith of significant value. This immense range of topics offer an opportunity to the readers to extract maximum knowledge of the messages of the Prophet (SAW) to his Ummah. The style of presentation in a systematic manner supersedes other works of similar nature.

 

Number of ahadeeth

Riyadh us Salihen comprises of about 2000 hadeeth in 372 Chapters and 19 Sections. [1]

 

Classification of Ahadith in Riyadh-us-Saliheen

Ahadith in this compilation have been classified according to their strength. Imam An-Nawawi’s book has both strong and weak Ahadith though the collection is said to have a majority of strong Ahadith (Ahadith with credible chain of narrators) and the maximum number of weak Ahadith when compared to Sahih Al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. According to Imam Albani’s introduction to Riyadh-us-Saliheen, the book has some 37 weak Ahadith. [2]

 

Commentaries

An Explanation of Riyadh-al-Saliheen by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen.

 

References

[1] http://store.dar-us-salam.com/product/H04.html

[2] http://www.iqrasense.com/islamic-scholars/riyad-us-saliheen-its-significance-and-a-brief-biography-of-imam-nawawi.html

 

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