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Garden of the Righteous

Brief biography of the author

1. His Name: Yahya ibn Sharaf ibn Murree' ibn Hasan ibn Hussein ibn Muhammad ibn Jumu'ah ibn Hizzaam.

2. His Titles: He is known as Abu Zakariyyah, however he did not have a son named Zakariyyah, for he never married. His fathers name was Zakariyyah. He is entitled with the term (Laqab): Muhyyee-u-Deen (The Reviver of the Deen). School of thought Shafiee Madhhab
3. His Lineage: He is from al-Hizzaamee [by descent]. His lineage is traced back to his aforementioned ancestor Hizzaam. He is entitled Imam Nawawee by virtue of his birth place.

His full name:

Imam Mohiuddin Abu Zakariyyah Yahya bin Sharaf An-Nawawi (ra)

In short he is known as: Imam Nawawi (ra)

4. His Date ofBirth: Muharram 631 AH / 1233 AD Nawa, a village near Damascus, Syria
5. 6. 7. 8. Development and Attainment of Knowledge His Piety His Works His Death Night of Wednesday 14th Rajab 676 AH.

Riyadh-us-Saliheen min Kalaam-i Sayyid-il-Mursaleen

Garden Of The Righteous From The Words Of The Master Of The Messengers

A collection of authentic Ahadeeth from the six major collections: Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, An-Nisai and Ibn Majah, supported by relevant Quranic verses. Comprises of about 2000 Ahadeeth in 372 Chapters and 19 Sections. Wide range of topics: sincerity of purpose, spending in the way of Allah, rules of fasting, seeking knowledge, attending funerals and safeguarding the Quran.

Hadeeth-e- Musalsal

A Musalsal Hadith is such that all its narrations over the centuries shared a common attribute. Some of these Ahadeeth include gestures. For example Anas (ra), reported a Hadith about the hand-shake of the Prophet (s.a.w). "Prophets (s.a.w) hand was softer than silk". But the report was accompanied by an actual hand-shake, just like the original. There are people living today who have received this Hadith, along with the hand-shake, through an unbroken chain that goes back to the Prophet (s.a.w). This is Hadith Musalsal bil Musafaha (continuous with hand shake).

There are so many Musalsalat that Shah Waliullah has compiled them in a book. Leading the group of Musalsalat is the Hadith known as Musalsal bil Awwaliat, (continuously first). It is because for centuries, whenever a teacher of Ahadeeth started a new class anywhere in the Muslim world, he always began with this Hadith. The practice continues to date in many Islamic universities. It is always the first Hadith in a new Hadith class.

Al-Musalsal bil Awaliyyah

The Prophet (s.a.w) is narrated to have said:

The merciful will be granted the Mercy of the Most Merciful. Have mercy upon those on Earth and the One above the heavens will have mercy upon you.