14th May2014

An Explanation of Riyad al-Saliheen

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Author : Al-Imam Al-Haafidh Al-Faqeeh Abee Zakariyyah Muhyyee Al-Deen Yahya Al-Nawawee

Explanation by: Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen

A comprehensive explanation and commentary of the first 24 hadith of Imam al-Nawawi’s classic compilation, Riyad al-Saliheen by Ibn-Uthaymeen.

The content is particularly suitable for the general populace in the sphere of awakening a desire and providing a source of intimidation to embark upon the performance of virtuous deeds. Furthermore, all that a Muslim is in need of in matters pertaining to his religion, worldly affairs and the Hereafter [is contained within the book].

It is a book of instruction, unparalleled in content, pertinent to one’s existence on an individual and societal platform. For it provides a complete code of conduct in these two spheres oflife in a manner uncomplicated and intelligible, capable of being understood by both the Learned and the general populace.

The author compiled the book, selecting traditions from the canonical works [of Hadeeth]. For example, al-Bukhari; Abu Dawood; al-Nisai; al-Tirmidhi; Ibn Maja; in addition to other works. He restricted himself to cite not in his book save [a tradition] which was classified as authentic from the Prophetic traditions, and he certainly accomplished his objective.

Indeed the book Riyadh al-Saliheen has been distinguished by attributes particular to it in comparison to other books of the Sunnah. For it is in essence an instrument for those who admonish, a provision for those admonished, lanterns for the rightly guided, and a garden for the virtuous.

As a consequence, it has occupied a lofty station amongst the Scholars, for they have dedicated themselves to it, elucidating, annotating, and studying the book in their circles of knowledge. Hence, this work (Riyadh al-Saliheen) is amongst the most ubiquitous in presence and apparent in circulation, attaining world-wide accolade. It occupies a revered station amongst the People of Knowledge and the general populace. It is sufficient to note that the general leaders of the Mosques make recourse to this book, reciting it before or after the prayer, upon those in attendance.

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