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 Thirty Two: Explanation of the Hadeeth: “Allah has obligated matters so do not neglect them, and set limits so do not exceed them, and sanctified matters so do not violate them…”. The lesson also contains: A brief biography of the companion Abu Tha’laba; hoping to die in a state of righteousness; the four categories of actions: obligations, limits/punishments, prohibitions and allowances; the difference between the terms ‘Fardh’ and ‘Waajib’; the ruling on removing bodily hair. Download Lesson 32



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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Twelve: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah: “Verily Allah is Pure, and only accepts what is pure. He ordered the believers with the same thing he ordered the Messengers: {O Messengers, eat from the pure and do righteous actions}…” Also contains: The intended meaning of Tayyib (pure) and Khabeeth (impure) in Islam; The effect of interest based loans on your Duas and worship; Having hope and optimism in everything Allah has decreed; The wisdom in us being created for the worship of Allah; Jannah is a pure abode, for the people of purity; When is it permitted to raise hands when supplicating? Download Lesson 12

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 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 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 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 Seventeen: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah: “Whoever believes in Allah and the Final Day should speak with goodness or remain silent; whoever believes in Allah an the Final Day should honour is neighbour; Whoever believes in Allah and the Final Day should honour his guest”. Also contains: Guidelines with regards to speech and silence; the importance of one’s culture; who is considered a neighbour; what the rights of the guest are. Download Lesson 17

Lesson Eighteen: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah: “A man came to the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) and said: ‘Admonish me’. The Prophet replied: ‘Do not become angry’.” Also contains: The dangers and pitfalls of anger; strategies which the Prophet taught us to deal with anger; what type of anger is actually praised and good? How the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) would deal with irritations. Download Lesson 18

Lesson Nineteen: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Shaddaad Ibn Aws: “Verily Allah has prescribed goodness in everything. If you kill, kill well, and if your slaughter, slaughter well…”
Also contains: A brief biography of the companion Shaddaad Ibn Aws; How a Muslim should act in times of fitnah; Know your own limits and stop at them; The two types of decree of Allah; The importance of showing goodness to others; The meaning of being a ‘moderate Muslim’; Rules pertaining to Jihad; Rules pertaining to slaughtering an animal. Download Lesson 19

Lesson Twenty: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abu Dharr Al-Ghaffaari: “Maintain Taqwa wherever you may be, follow up a bad deed by performing a good deed and it will wipe it away, and interact with the people with good manners…”
Also contains: A brief biography of the companion Abu Dharr Al-Ghaffaari a former criminal, how he accepted Islam; The meaning of Taqwa and its levels; The meaning of Zuhd; How good deeds wipe away sins. Download Lesson 20

Lesson Twenty One: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Ibn Abbaas: “O young boy, protect [the commandments of] Allah and He will protect you, protect [the commandments of] Allah and you will find Him in front of you…”
Also contains: A brief biography of the companion Ibn Abbaas; the meaning of ‘Allah being with you’; an explanation of Tawheed and Tawakkul; looking to our own sins when going through difficulties; how Allah promises ease twice with one difficulty; the importance of cultivating our young children upon the strength of Imaan, Tawheed and reliance upon Allah. Download Lesson 21

Lesson Twenty Two: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abu Mas’ood Uqbah: “From the matters which people learnt from early prophecies is: if you feel no Hayaa (shame), do as you wish…”
Also contains: A brief biography of the companion Abu Mas’ood; the meaning of Hayaa; a stark look at today’s society in which there is a lack of Hayaa; how to cultivate children in the home to have Hayaa; different levels and types of Hayaa; why Hayaa is not shyness. Download Lesson 22

Lesson Twenty Three: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Sufyan Ibn Abdillah, who said to the Prophet: “Tell me a matter about Islam regarding which I do not need to ask anybody else after you.” The Prophet replied: “Say: I have Imaan in Allah, and be upright.”
Also contains: A brief biography of the companion Sufyan Ibn Abdillah; Why did the Prophet mention Imaan and Istiqaamah?; The relationship between the heart and limbs; The meaning of Istiqaamah; Matters which help a person upon Istiqaamah. Download Lesson 23

Lesson Twenty Four: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abu Abdillah Jabir ibn Abdillah al-Ansari who said: “A man asked the Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam), “Tell me if I were to perform the obligatory [prayers], fast in Ramadhan, treat the lawful as permissible and treat the forbidden as unlawful and I do not add anything to that, would I enter Paradise?” The Prophet (sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam) replied, “Yes”.
Also contains: A brief biography of the companion; the importance of performing voluntary actions and staying away from disliked matters Download Lesson 24

Lesson Twenty Five: Explanation of the Hadeeth of Abu Malik Al-Ash’aree: “Purity is half of Imaan, Alhamdulillah fills the scale; SubhanaAllah and Alhamdulillah fill what is between the Heavens and earth; Salaah is light; Sadaqah (charity) is proof; Sabr (patience) is illumination and the Qur’an is either a proof for or against you. Every person starts his day as a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or causing its ruin”.
Also contains: A brief biography of the companion; the story and merits of the tribe of the Ash’arees; why purity is half of Imaan; the meaning of ‘Alhamdulillah’ and ‘SubhanaAllah’; why is Sadaqah light; the importance of patience in one’s life; how is the Qur’an a proof for or against a person. Download Lesson 25

Lesson Twenty Six: Explanation of the lengthy Hadeeth of Abu Dharr al-Ghaffaari: “O my slaves, I have forbidden oppression from Myself and I have made it forbidden between yourselves so do not oppress each other. O My slaves, all of you are misguided except those whom I guide so seek guidance from Me and I shall guide you…”. The lesson also contains: the definition of Hadeeth Qudsi and the difference between it and a normal Hadeeth; The different levels of Uboodiyyah (submission to Allah); How to answer the question: Does god have the ability to oppress? Download Lesson 26

Lesson Twenty Seven: Explanation of the Hadeeth: “In every Tasbeeh [saying: ‘subhanAllah’] is charity, every Takbeer is charity, and every Tahmeed [saying: ‘al-hamdu lillah’] is charity, and every tahleelah [saying: ‘laa ilaha illaAllah’] is charity; commanding the good is charity, forbidding an evil is charity, and in the sexual act of each one of you there is a charity….”. The lesson also contains: the advice of the Prophet to Abu Dharr: ‘do not seek authority because you are weak…”; avenues of charity even if a person is poor; the permitted types of jealousy; different strategies of education which the Prophet would utilise. Download Lesson 27

Lesson Twenty Eight: Explanation of the Hadeeth: “For every joint of a person, there is charity, every day in which the sun rises. Reconcile between two people is charity, Help a person upon his riding beast or place his possessions on it is charity. A good word is charity. Every step for Prayer is charity. Removing a harmful object from the path is charity”. The lesson also contains: The story of the conversion of the mother of Abu Hurayrah; the obligation of loving Abu Hurayrah; the virtue of Tawheed; signs of Allah within ourselves; the many avenues of charity and that it is not restricted to money; Download Lesson 28

Lesson Twenty Nine: Explanation of the Hadeeth: “Consult your heart, righteousness is when the soul feels at ease and the heart feels tranquil. Evil is when your soul hesitates and causes uneasiness in the heart…”. The lesson also contains: The encouragement of a person of higher status to accept gifts from a person of lower standing; Who wrote the chapter headings of Saheeh Muslim?; how does a person know what is righteousness and what is evil; when to consult ones heart to know good and evil; the importance of individualising your Da’wah to the person you are talking to. Download Lesson 29


Lesson Thirty: Explanation of the Hadeeth: “The Prophet gave us a profound admonishment, the eyes shed tears and the hearts trembled with fear so we said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, it is as though this is a farewell sermon so advise us. He replied, I advise you with Taqwa…”. The lesson also contains: A brief biography of the companion Irbadh Ibn Saariyah; the meaning of Taqwa; the importance of following the Sunnah and avoiding all Bid’ah; Who are the rightly guided Caliphs, evidences for following the way of the Salaf; There is no such things as a good Bid’ah; Download Lesson 30


Lesson Thirty One: Explanation of the Hadeeth: “O Messenger of Allah, inform me of an action which enters me into Paradise and distances me from the Fire…”. The lesson also contains: A brief biography of the companion Mu’adh Ibn Jabal and his intelligence; the meaning of ‘Ibaadah and to have humility in front of Allah when worshipping Him; how the righteous people of the past were known for their silence; the severity of words; the ease of Islam. Download Lesson 31



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.