The Forty Hadith of Imam Al Nawawi

Screenshot 2015-11-28 13.04.18In the introduction to his compilation the Imam writes, “To proceed: It has been transmitted to us on the authority of `Ali ibn Abi Talib, `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud, Mu`adh ibn Jabal, Abu`d-Darda’, Ibn `Umar, Ibn `Abbas, Anas ibn Malik, Abu Huraira and Abu Sa`id al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with them), through many chains of authorities and in various versions, that the Messenger of Allah (may the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Whosoever memorises and preserves for my People forty Hadith relating to their religion, Allah willresurrect him on the Day of Judgment in the company of jurists and religious scholars’. In another version it reads: ‘Allah will resurrect him as a jurists and religious scholar’. In the version of Abu`d-Darda’, it reads: ‘On the Day of Judgment I shall be an intercessor and a witness for him’. In the version of Ibn Mas`ud it reads: ‘It will be said to him: Enter by whichever of the doors of Paradise you wish’. In the version of Ibn `Umar it reads: ‘He will be written down in the company of religious scholars and will be resurrected in the company of martyrs’. Scholars of Hadith are in agreement that it is a weak Hadith despite its many lines of transmission.”

Imam An-Nawawi shows us the great rewards promised for transmitting of 40 Hadith in light of the above Hadith though he also points out that the Hadith is zaeef (or weak); nonetheless he asserts that any transmission of the Hadith is still a noble deed.

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