Jun 8, 2013

Al-Arba'in Al-Nawawiyah read by Sheikh Shafi' Chowdhury - Introduction

Al-Arba'in Al-Nawawiyah 
(al-Arba'in of Imam al-Nawawi)
read by 
Sheikh Shafi' Chowdhury

This is the First among the series of the Classical books studied in Sunni Islam from the Sciences of Qur'an, 'Aqida, Hadith, fiqh and many others insha Allah. This series is 'The Hadith Series' in which we took Imam al-Nawawi's Forty Hadith collection as the first.

Lesson #01: Introduction - The Shaykh explains in this lesson two of the most used terminologies in Islam; Shari'a and Sunnah. He also covers the Biography of Imam al-Nawawi.

The al-Arba'in (Forty Hadiths): 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. He says in his words:

"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 m

Shaykh Shafi graduated from one of the oldest Islamic seminaries in the UK where he studied Islamic sciences with isnad (unbroken chains of transmission to classical masters) in the fields of Qur'anic recitations and exegesis, Hadith studies and narration of the Six Canonical texts, Fiqh (Jurisprudence), `Aqidah (Doctrine), and Arabic Language.

After graduating he embarked on a year-long tour of South Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe , where he was engaged extensively in Da'wah work within a wide range of Muslim communities.
He has been involved in extensive community work and teaching maintaining an open minded approach and building bridges between communities. He is an easy to approach scholar that works at grassroots level.

Shaykh Shafi has been the chief editor of an Islamic publishing house, Fisabilillah Publications; lecturer of various Islamic and Arabic disciplines at Ebrahim College , a leading Muslim college in London . Furthermore he is currently a Muslim Chaplain in the Prison Service and consultant to NOMS (National Offender Management Service) on developing programmes for Islamic spiritual learning.
Shaykh Shafi is a lecturer at the Islamic College of England (ICE). He serves as a voluntary advisor to Al Hikma Media providing valuable advice, participating in national conferences, radio shows, university speaker tours and tutoring the volunteers of Al Hikma in an array of modules.

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