Commentary by Maulana Aashiq Ilahi Bulandshehri on Imam Nawawi's Al-Arba'in
Commentary and Explanation of some of of the most important hadith of the Prophet (S) for a Muslim to understand. Imam an-Nawawi assembled his collection of forty two ahadith together with the minimum of fiqh and commentary necessary for people not to misunderstand them. with Arabic followed by Translation. Imam Nawawi describes this work as follows in his introduction:
"I, however, considered it best to bring together forty hadith more important than all of these, being forty hadith which would incorporate all of these, each hadith being one of the great precepts of religion, described by religious scholars as being "the axis of Islam " or "the half of Islam" or "the third of it ", or the like, and to make it a rule that these forty hadith be [classified as] sound and that the majority of them be in the Sahihs of Al-Bukhari and Muslim."
He goes on to Say:
"Every person wishing to attain the Hereafter should know these hadith because of the imortant matters they contain and the directions they give in respect of all forms of obedience, this being obvious to anyone who has reflected upon it"
Mufti Aashiq Elahi Buland Shehri Originally wrote a detailed commentary in Urdu which has been abridged and translated in Modern English By Zaheer Ali.
About Imam al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277)
Imam Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi was Born in the village of Nawa in Southern Syria, Imam Nawawi spent most of his life in Damascus where he lived in a simple manner, devoted to Allah, engaging single-mindedly in worship, study, writing and teaching various Islamic sciences. . Although best known for his works in hadith, Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277) was also the Imam of the later Shafi'i school of Jurisprudence, and widely acknowledged as the intellectual heir to Imam Shafi'i. He was a renowned scholar and jurist who dedicated his life to the pursuit of Islamic learning. Imam Nawawi died at the young age of 44 years, leaving behind him numerous great works.