The book is now known as "An-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths". This is a popular small book in which the author gathered forty two of the sayings of prophet Muhammed salla Allah u alihi wa sallam. You could either jump to the hadith using the numbers, or scroll down. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds. Eternal Guardian of the heavens and the earths, Disposer of all created beings, Despatcher of Messengers may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon them all who were sent to those they have been entrusted to guide and to reveal the religious laws to, with positive signs and clear-cut proofs.
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Click here to read and download the text in printable PDF format. Click here to listen to the Forty Hadith on Youtube. Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended. Whoever emigrated to Allah and his messenger, his emigration is for Allah and his messenger.
Whoever emigrated to get something in the world or to marry a woman, his emigration is for that to which he emigrated. Umar ibn al-Khattab reported: We were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, one day when a man appeared with very white clothes and very black hair.
There were no signs of travel on him and we did not recognize him. He sat down in front of the Prophet and rested his knees by his knees and placed his hands on his thighs. Islam is to testify there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to establish prayer, to give charity, to fast the month of Ramadan, and to perform pilgrimage to the House if a way is possible.
Faith is to believe in Allah, his angels, his books, his messengers, the Last Day, and to believe in providence, its good and its evil. Excellence is to worship Allah as if you see him, for if you do not see him, he surely sees you. The slave girl will give birth to her master and you will see barefoot, naked, and dependent shepherds compete in the construction tall buildings. Islam is built upon five: to worship Allah and to disbelieve in what is worshiped besides him, to establish prayer, to give charity, to perform Hajj pilgrimage to the house, and to fast the month of Ramadan.
Whoever innovates into this matter of ours that which does not belong to it, it will be rejected. Whoever performs a deed that is not in accordance with our matter will have it rejected. Verily, the lawful is clear and the unlawful is clear, and between the two of them are doubtful matters about which many people do not know. Thus, he who avoids doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor, and he who falls into doubtful matters will fall into the unlawful as the shepherd who pastures near a sanctuary, all but grazing therein.
Verily, every king has a sanctum and the sanctum of Allah is his prohibitions. Verily, in the body is a piece of flesh which, if sound, the entire body is sound, and if corrupt, the entire body is corrupt. Truly, it is the heart. Make between yourself and the unlawful a barrier of what is lawful. Whoever does so will clear himself in regard to his honor and his religion. To Allah, his book, his messenger, the leaders of the Muslims, and their common people. I have been commanded to fight the people until they say there is no God but Allah.
If they say there is no God but Allah, then they will be granted protection from me for their lives and property, except by right of justice, and their reckoning is with Allah. The meaning of this tradition is to fight those who are waging war, whom Allah has called us to fight. It does not mean to fight those who have made peace, with whom Allah has commanded us to fulfill their peace. The meaning is that your duty is only to remind them about Allah and to preach to them.
You do not have authority to insert faith into their hearts by force; you are not responsible for that. What I have prohibited for you, avoid it. What I have commanded you, do it as much as you can. Verily, those before you were ruined only due to their excessive questioning and contradicting their prophets. Leave me with what I have left you. When I narrate a saying to you, take it from me.
O people, Allah is pure and he accepts only what is pure. Verily, Allah has commanded the believers as he commanded His messengers. Allah said: O messengers, eat from good things and act righteously, for I know what you do. O Lord! Leave what makes you doubt for what does not make you doubt. Verily, truth brings peace of mind and falsehood sows doubt. Verily, from the perfection of Islam is that a person leaves what does not concern him.
None of you will have faith until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself. None of you has faith until he loves for his brother, or his neighbor, what he loves for himself. It is unlawful to shed the blood of a Muslim who testifies that there is no God but Allah and I am the Messenger of Allah, except in one of three cases: the married person who commits adultery, legal retaliation for murder, and a person who abandons their religion and secedes from the community.
Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him speak goodness or remain silent. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honor his neighbor. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him honor his guest. Verily, Allah has prescribed excellence in everything. If you have to kill, kill in the best manner.
If you have to slaughter, slaughter in the best manner. Let one of you sharpen his knife, so his animal is spared of suffering. Fear Allah wherever you are, follow a bad deed with a good deed and it will erase it, and behave with good character towards people. Ibn Abbas reported: I was riding with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said:. Young man, I will teach you some words. Be mindful of Allah and he will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find him before you.
If you ask, ask from Allah. If you seek help, seek help from Allah. Know that if the nations gathered together to benefit you, they will not benefit you unless Allah has decreed it for you. And if the nations gathered together to harm you, they will not harm you unless Allah has decreed it for you.
The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried. Verily, among the words people obtained from the prophets are this: If you feel no shame, do as you wish.
The scholars interpret this saying in two ways. First, that it is a command of caution and warning, meaning if there is no shame, do as you wish, for Allah will repay you accordingly… Second, that it is a command of description, meaning that whoever does not have shame will do as he wishes, for it is shame that prevents evil deeds.
Purity is half of faith, and the praise of Allah fills the scale. Glorification and praise fill up what is between the heavens and the earth.
Prayer is a light, charity is proof, and patience is illumination. The Quran is a proof for you or against you. All people go out early in the morning and sell themselves, either setting themselves free or ruining themselves.
O my servants, I have forbidden injustice for myself and have forbidden it among you, so do not oppress one another. O my servants, all of you are astray except for those I have guided, so seek guidance from me and I will guide you. O my servants, all of you are hungry except for those I have fed, so seek food from me and I will feed you. O my servants, all of you are naked except for those I have clothed, so seek clothing from me and I will clothe you.
O my servants, you sin by night and day and I forgive all sins, so seek forgiveness from me and I will forgive you. O my servants, you will not be able to bring harm to me and you will not be able to bring benefit to me.
O my servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you, to be as pious as the most pious heart of anyone of you, that would not increase my dominion at all. O my servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you, to be as wicked as the most wicked heart of anyone of you, that would not decrease my dominion at all.
O my servants, were the first of you and the last of you, the human of you and the jinn of you, to rise up in one place and make a request of me, and were I to give everyone what he requested, that would not diminish what I have any more than a needle would diminish the sea if put into it. O my servants, it is only your deeds that I record for you and then recompense for you. Let he who finds good praise Allah, and let he who finds something else blame no one but himself. They perform prayer as we pray, they fast as we fast, and they give charity from their extra wealth.
Has not Allah made for you ways to give charity? You see that if he were to satisfy his passions with the unlawful, it would be a burden of sin upon him? Likewise, if he were to satisfy himself with the lawful, he will have a reward.
Charity is due upon every joint of the people for every day upon which the sun rises. Justly reconciling two people is charity. Helping a man with his animal and lifting his luggage upon it is charity.
A kind word is charity. Every step that you take towards the mosque is charity, and removing harmful things from the road is charity. Righteousness is good character, and sin is what waivers in your heart and you hate for people to find out about it.
Consult your soul, consult your heart. Righteousness is what reassures your soul and your heart, and sin is what wavers in your soul and puts tension in your chest, even if the people approve it in their judgments again and again. Then, he faced us and delivered an eloquent sermon that brought tears to our eyes and by it shook our hearts.
What do you instruct for us? I advise you to fear Allah, listen, and obey, even if an Abyssinian slave is put in charge of you. Whoever lives after me will see many conflicts. You must adhere to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of the righteous, guided successors. Hold firmly to it as if biting with your molar teeth.
The Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi
Click here to read and download the text in printable PDF format. Click here to listen to the Forty Hadith on Youtube. Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended. Whoever emigrated to Allah and his messenger, his emigration is for Allah and his messenger. Whoever emigrated to get something in the world or to marry a woman, his emigration is for that to which he emigrated.
Forty Hadith of Imam Nawawi
Due to the famous hadith from the Prophet s which encourages the Muslims to memorize forty hadiths that they need, the tradition of writing "al-Arba'un hadith" became common among Sunni , Shi'a , and Sufi scholars. Scholars of hadith Muhaddiths compiled their works of al-Arba'un on various topics such as: theology , hadith , exegesis of the Qur'an , mysticism , history, society, and ethics. One of the most famous contemporary book of this kind is " Chihil Hadith " by Imam Khomeini. The tradition of writing books of forty hadiths, takes root from a famous hadith from the Prophet s which encourages the Muslims to memorize preserve forty hadiths that they need in their life.