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Study Imam Nawawi’s cherished collection of hadiths in order to taste the spiritual and practical advice of the Messenger of Allah (SAW). Through reflecting upon and implementing these hadiths, you will experience their significance in your lives as Muslims in the 21st Century.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:

“Whosoever memorizes and preserves for my people forty hadith relating to their religion, Allah will resurrect him on the Day of Judgment in the company of jurists and religious scholars.”

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A 13th Century scholar by the name of Imam An-Nawawi took this hadith to heart, and it drove him to put together what has become one of the most famous short collections of rigorously authenticated hadiths.

The collection of hadiths cover 13 themes for a comprehensive understanding of Islam and clear guidelines for powerful personal and societal change.

  • Intention & Sincerity
  • Foundations of Faith
  • Pillars of Islam
  • Destiny
  • Worship and innovation
  • Purification of the heart
  • The character of the believer
  • Juristic rulings and the universal objectives of Islam
  • How to build a healthy society
  • Being the best, make the most of this life
  • Charity
  • Getting to know your lord
  • Dua

Shaykh Ahmed Saad

Shaykh Ahmed Mohamed Saad, born into a family of scholars and Huffaz from northern Egypt. His late father and grandfather graduated from Al-Azhar and were scholars in north Egypt. He finished the memorization of the whole Qur’an at the age of ten and studied traditional Islamic sciences at the hands of his father and then started the studies at Al-Azhar until he graduated from Al-Azhar University with BA in Islamic studies.

Sheikh Saad has Ijazahs in the Qur’an in various Qira’at including `Asim, Nafi`, and Hamzah. He also has Ijazah in Islamic texts including Al-Jazariyyah, At-Tuhfah, As-Salsabeel and Shamail of Imam At-Tirmidhi. He further has Ijazah in the Six books of Hadith and many books of Tafsir aswell. He began giving Khutbahs at the age of 15 and has been working as a community-based Imam for the last 15 years.


Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Abdal Hakim was educated at Cambridge, Al-Azhar and London universities. He is currently the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College. He has published and contributed to numerous academic works on Islam, including as Director of the Sunna Project, and is a leading figure in inter-faith activity, notably as one of the signatories to the Common Word statement. He is well-known as a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’. Abdal Hakim Murad is also the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College and he continues to oversee and contribute to its work.


Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad

Shaykh Shams Ad-Duha Muhammad was brought up in East London. He is hafiz of the Qur’an which he memorised partly in his own locality and then completed at the famous Darul Uloom in Dewsbury (Institute of Islamic Education). He then continued at the same institute and studied Arabic language, Tajweed, Fiqh and other subjects in the early years of the traditional Darul Uloom curriculum. He then moved to Al-Jamia al-Islamia in Nottingham to continue his advanced studies with shuyukh like Shaykh Fazlur Raheem, Shaykh Abdul Haq (both students of the great Shaykh Hussain Ahmad Madani) among others, from whom he studied, advanced Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Ulumul hadith, Hadith and Tafsir. To complete his Darul Uloom studies he travelled to Bangladesh in 1997 to study hadith texts and receive ijaza under the late Shaykh Abdul Aziz Doyamiri and the late Shaykh Nuruddin Goharpuri (Allah have mercy on them both) and other shuyukh, where he also came first in his graduation class. Shaykh Shams also holds a Masters in Islamic studies from the University of London.


Shaykh Aby Aaliyah

Ustadh Surkheel Sharif (Abu Aaliyah) is an imam, author, translator and Director of The Jawziyyah Institute. He has been involved in Islamic teaching both in the UK and abroad since the late 1980’s. Abu Aaliyah has studied the Islamic sciences (theology, law and spirituality) with a number of scholars over the last 20 years and still continues to do so. He has authored a number of books including “More Fish Please”, “The Golden Rule of Differing” and “The Exquisite Pearl” as well as translating books from Arabic to English. He has an MA in Islamic Studies; serves as an imam for Eman Foundation in Goodmayes, London and has appeared on radio and TV. Some of his lectures and articles can be found at and Abu Aaliyah lives in London with his wife and four grown up children.

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