Riyadh-us-Saleheen  (Set of 2 Vols. in ARABIC+ENGLISH))

Riyadh-us-Saleheen (Set of 2 Vols. in ARABIC+ENGLISH))

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Author: A Compilation
Imam Abu Zakariya Yahya/Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi
Translator(s): S M Madni Abbasi
Publisher: Kitab Bhavan
Year: 1984-2001
Language: multilingual
Pages: 940
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8171512429



Riyadh-us-Saleheen is one of the most useful and popular book of Imam Nawawi for Muslim Ulama and theologians. It is a literal translation of the first part of Arabic text and care has been taken to adhere to original text as far as possible. He has selected about 1900 traditions from Muslim and Bukhari and one or two other standard books on Hadith, like Muwatta of Imam Malik and has arranged them under different topics. These traditions has been supplemented with appropriate verses from the Holy Qur’an.

The majesty and importance of the sayings or traditions of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (SAW), leaving aside their general moral value, can be fully appreciated only when one becomes aware that the whole religions, moral, social and political framework of nearly one-third of the humanity rests on the divine book, the Holy Quran, and Sayings and Acts or Sunnah of the Holy prophet .

The Muslims, living in non-Muslim countries have to face a number of problems, they not only live in an alien environment but are surrounded by un-Islamic and strange customs and practices. Life in these countries is no doubt exciting and interesting, but this is all a mirage, ultimately it leads to frustration, despondency and ruin. In such a situation, it is very difficult for a Muslim to maintain his Islamic identity, if they are not properly equipped and instructed in Islamic manners and way of life.

It is hoped that this book will enable these Muslims to preserve their Muslim character, no matter what others around them may be doing.


This is the second and last volume of the English translation of Riadh-us-Saleheen of Imam Abu Zakaria Yahya bin Sharaf An-Nawawi. The first volume was published in February 1983 and has been well received.

Reviewing the first volume in the Muslim World Book Review, Leicester (U K) in its issue No. 1 of 1983, Mr Ahmed von Denffer, a German Muslim and a scholar of repute, has observed that:

Many young, Muslims in the West and many Westerners on the path towards Islam will be extremely grateful to both the translator as well as the publisher for having brought out this first part (of two parts) of Riyadh-us-Saleheen in English, together with its Arabic text.

The list of contents for Part I is very detailed and helpful, because it is subdivided into books and chapters. There is no doubt that Abbasi’s translation of the Riyadh-us-Saleheen will soon be one of the most widely used translations of any collection of ahadith among English-speaking Muslim.

Improvements suggested in the review on volume I, have been carried out. It is therefore hoped that this attempt of ours will be appreciated by the distinguished readers.




A Short Biographical Account of Hazrat Imam Nawawi

Book of Manners

Book of Eating Manners

Book of Dress

Book of Salutation


By Translator

By Compiler

Book of visiting a sick person, accompanying a funeral procession, offering Prayers for the deceased, presence on the occasion of Burial and to stay near the grave after burial

Book of Etiquette of Journey

Book of Merits and Excellences of Holy Quran

Book of I’Tikaf (To Retire to Mosque for Worship)

Book of Hajj (Pilgrimage)

Book of Jihad

Book of Knowledge

Book of Eulogizing and Thanking Allah, The Exalted

Book of Invoking Allah’s Blessings and Mercies on the Holy Prophet (S A W)

Book of Remembering Allah

Book of Supplications

Book of the Prohibited Deeds