Explanation of the 40 Hadeeth of Imaam An-Nawawi

The lessons are taken from the Explanation of the 40 Hadeeth of An-Nawawi by Ibn Uthaymeen, along with benefits from Jaami’ Al-Uloom Wal-Hikam by Ibn Rajab.

The explanation of each Hadeeth is broken into four parts:

  1. A brief biography of the Sahaabi, the companion who narrated the Hadeeth.
  2. The general meaning of the Hadeeth
  3. A detailed breakdown of each Hadeeth
  4. A summary of benefits.


Lesson Sixteen: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood: “The blood of a Muslim is not permitted except for three reasons: a [married] adulterer, a life for a life and the one who leaves his religion and abandons the Jamaa’ah” Also contains: A biography of Ibn Mas’ood and his story of Islam; The sanctity of the life of a Muslim; Which type of adultery deserves the Islamic punishment?; the conditions which must be fulfilled for the punishment to be applied; Conditions and guidelines for the punishment of a murderer; the Islamic punishment for a Murtadd; the dangers of Takfeer. Download Lesson 16

Lesson Fifteen: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Anas Ibn Maalik: “None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for his own self.” Also contains: A biography of Anas Ibn Maalik; A witness account from Anas regarding the manners and softness of the Prophet; The rights and obligations of Islamic brotherhood; the obligation of loving and caring for every Muslim; the two different levels of Imaan which are both an obligation upon us; the obligation of loving and showing aversion for the sake of Allah; Download Lesson 15

Lesson Fourteen: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah: “From the goodness of a person’s Islam, is to leave alone that which does not concern him.” Also contains: An example of how Abu Hurayrah showed obedience to him mother; The importance of small deeds of kindness; matters which we should and should not concern ourselves with; Instances when something may not concern an individual personally, however the Sharee’ah permits him to involve himself in it; do not make a judgement upon the intention or heart of a person; how free time, money and youthfulness corrupts a person Download Lesson 14

Lesson Thirteen: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Al-Hassan: “Leave what causes you doubt for something which does not cause any doubt” Also contains: A biography of Al-Hassan Ibn Alee (the grandson of the Prophet); Why we must love Aal Al-Bayt (the household of the Prophet); How the the Messenger prophesised the unity of the Ummah through Al-Hassan during a time of tribulation; guidance from the Prophet to take the easier of two options; practical advice from the Prophet in dealing with matters which cause of anxiety; Different types, their causes and cures: Shubhah, Shakk and Wiswaas; An explanation of the principle: Certainty is not removed by doubt; practical implementation of the above principle in all spheres of our life Download Lesson 13

Lesson Eleven: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah: “Whatever I forbid you, avoid it; whatever I order you to do so, do it according to your ability; verily those who came before you were destroyed due to asking too many questions and opposing their Prophets.” Also contains: A biography of the companion Abu Hurayrah; The context and story of this Hadeeth; The two levels of prohibitions and the two levels of commands; The ease and leniency of Islam; An explanation of the principle: “Haraam matters are permitted in cases of necessity” and guidelines with regards to what constitutes a “necessity”; Download Lesson 11


Lesson Ten: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar: “I have been ordered to fight the people until they testify…” Also contains: A biography of the companion Abdullah Ibn Umar; Following the companions in small deeds of kindness; Does this Hadeeth call to violence? Are people compelled to be a Muslim?; Four types of non-Muslims; What is the Jizyah which a non-Muslim pays to the Muslim state? What a Muslim wants living in a non-Muslim country; rulings pertaining to the stoning of an adulterer. Download Lesson 10


Lesson Nine: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Tameem Ibn Aws: “The religion is sincere advice…” Also contains: A biography of the companion Tameem Ad-Daaree; At the core of our religion is Naseehah; The linguistic and Islamic meaning of Naseehah; Our obligation towards Allah, His Book and His Messenger; how to deal with corrupt oppressive rulers; tips and guidelines when advising people. Download Lesson 9


Lesson Eight: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Nu’maan Ibn Basheer: “Verily the permitted matters are clear, and the forbidden matters are clear, and between them are doubtful matters which many people do not know…”. Also contains: An explanation of the five Ahkaam (legal rulings) of the Sharee’ah; The difference between Usool A-Fiqh and Fiqh; How does a Muslim interact with doubtful unclear matters; the importance of living in an honourable and dignified manner; Clarifying yourself to guard your honour from assumptions; The obligation of focusing on one’s heart; Corrupt sinful actions indicate a corrupt heart. Download Lesson 8


Lesson Seven: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Aaishah: “Whoever introduces an action into our religion, it will be rejected”. Also contains: A biography of Aishah Bint Abee Bakr; important points relating to innovations. Download Lesson 7


Lesson Six: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Ibn Mas’ood: “Each one of you begins in the womb of his mother as a cell of sperm…”; Also contain: A biography of Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood, the different types and levels of Qadr (Decree), can Du’a change the decree of Allah (as mentioned in a Hadeeth)?; An encouragement to place your reliance upon Allah, whilst working hard in the Dunya; how can a person do good all his life and yet enter the Fire, and vice versa. Download Lesson 6

Lesson Five: Explanation of the third Hadeeth: “Islam is built upon five matters”; The lesson contains a brief biography of Abdullah Ibn Umar and a discussion regarding the use of a Kunya, and an explanation of the five pillars of Islam. Download Lesson 5


Lesson Four: Second part of the explanation to the second Hadeeth of Jibreel. Towards the end many benefits are derived from this Hadeeth. There is also an important admonishment regarding respecting the elderly in our community. Download Lesson 4


Lesson Three: Partial explanation of the second Hadeeth of Angel Jibreel: Umar said, “One day we were sitting with the Prophet when suddenly a man appeared…” The lesson includes an important discussion about the decree of Allah and the occurrence of harm and pain in this world. Download Lesson 3


Lesson Two: Explanation of the first Hadeeth of Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab: “Actions are only according to their intentions, and every person is rewards according to his intention…” [Al-Bukhaaree & Muslim] Download Lesson 2


Lesson One: Introduction – Three ways to save ourselves from Fitnah; 6 mistakes that students of knowledge often fall into; an introduction to the 40 Hadeeth of An-Nawawi; a biography of Imaam An-Nawawi.  Download Lesson 1



He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2010. He currently resides in Nelson, Lancashire.

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