This course is designed to take students through the famous al-arbaʿīn al-nawawiyya - the 40 Hadiths of the great Shafi’i master of Hadith and Fiqh, Imam al-Nawawi. This short but concise text is a summary of Islam’s teachings as transmitted to us from the noble Prophet (peace be upon him). In compiling this work, the Imam drew narrations primarily from the Sahih collection of Imam Muslim and al-Bukhari, as well as the remaining four canonical works of Sunni Hadith literature. This ensures that the most central teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) are tasted through the traditions most rigorously authenticated sources.
The Imam (may God have mercy on him) notes that each Hadith serves as and is indicative of a particular fundamental of the faith of Islam. Consequently, each class will seek to analyse the selected Hadith and extrapolate practical and spiritual lessons.
This course not only aims to introduce students to the Hadith literature but for them to experience the essence of the Prophet’s character (peace be uopon him) and his teachings. The implementation of prophetic wisdom is the greatest objective of this class whose fruits extend beyond its completion.
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Dr. Abu Zayd is the director of the Quran Literacy Institute. He holds a Bachelors degree in Islamic studies from the School of Islamic and Arabic Studies, American Open University, as well as a diploma in classical Islamic texts from Cambridge Islamic College, UK, under the supervision of Dr Mohammad Akram Nadwi. He is a lifelong student of Maulānā Yūsuf Islahi and Shaykh Waleed Edrees of the Islamic University of Minnesota, has memorized the Qurʾān and holds traditional licenses (ijāzah) in the ten modes of Qurʾānic recitation, books of hadith and Islamic texts. He is the author of “Children’s Bequest,” a textbook on the science of tajweed based upon a translation of the Arabic classic “Tuhfat al-Atfal,” which has been taught to hundreds of students over the past two decades. He is a freelance imām and teacher who regularly visits various Muslim communities throughout the US and abroad on a rotating schedule.