Who was Imaam an-Nawawee (RA)?

12 09 2009

Imaam Muhyee al-Din Aboo Zakariya Yahyaa bin Sharaf al-Nawawee, for short Imaam Nawawee, was born in the village of Nawa in the vicinity of Damascus in 631 A.H. (1233 A.D.). He grew up in Nawa and at the age of nineteen went to study in Damascus which was considered the center of learning and scholarship.

During his stay at Damascus, Imaam Nawawee studied from more than twenty celebrated teachers, regarded as masters and authorities of their fields and disciplines. He studied Hadith, Islamic jurisprudence and principles, syntax and Etymology from great scholars such as Abu Ibrahim Ishaaq bin Ahmad AI-Maghribi, Aboo Muhammad Abdur-Rahmaan bin Ibraaheem Al-Fazari, Radiyuddin Abu Ishaaq Ibraahem bin Abu Hafs Umar bin Mudar Al-Mudari, Abu Ishaaq Ibraaheem bin Isa Al-Muradi, Abul-Baqa Khalid bin Yoosuf An-Nablusi, and Abul-Abbaas Ahmad bin Salim Al-Misri.

Imaam Nawawee had endless thirst for knowledge. He used to read twelve lessons daily and wrote commentaries on every lesson. Whatever books he read, he would write marginal notes and explanations on each book. His intelligence, hard work, love, devotion and absorption in his studies amazed his teachers and they became fond of him and began to praise and admire him. Allaah had also conferred upon him the gift of fast memorization and depth of thought. Imaam Nawawee made full benefit of his God given qualities and potentialities and earned the highest degree of honor.

Imaam Nawawee led a life of singular piety, righteousness and simplicity. After over 20 years, he returned to his hometown. Soon after his arrival at Nawa, he fell ill and died in 676 A.H. (1278 AD).
Imaam Nawawee had a very short life but during this short period, he had written a large number of books on different subjects. Every work has been recognized as a valuable treasure of knowledge. Among them are:-

•Riysad as-Saaliheein
•Sharh Saheeh Muslim
•Sharh Sunan Abee Daawud
•Tahdheeb-ul-Asmaa was-Sifaat
•Mukhtasar at-Tirmidhee
•Tabaqat ash-Shafee’iyyah
•al-Tibyan fi adab hamalat al-Qur’aan
•al-Irshad wa’l-Taqrib fi ‘Uloom al-Hadeeth

His Sharh Saheeh Muslim is a standard text book for the study of Hadith while his al-Minhaj is used for the study of Fiqh.

NB. this is a very brief summary of the great shaykh’s life.

Fulaan ibn Fulaan




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