The Meadows of the Righteous

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Riyad as-Salihin
رياض الصالحين.jpg
Cover of an original arabic edition of the book
Original titleرياض الصالحين
GenreSubjectwise commentary from Quran and authentic Sunni Hadith

Riyad as-Salihin or The Meadows of the Righteous, also referred to as The Gardens of the Righteous (Arabic: رياض الصالحين Riyāḍ aṣ-Ṣāliḥīn), is a compilation of verses from the Quran supplemented by hadith narratives written by Al-Nawawi from Damascus (1233–1277). The hadith by al-Nawawī belongs to the category of canonical Arabic collections of Islamic morals, acts of worship, and manners, which are attributed to Muhammad by Muslim scholars but not found in the Quran.[1] The book is widely accepted to the modern Salafi scholars. Besides, Tablighi Jamaat suggests reading the book to their Arabic speaking communities instead of Fazail-e-Amal written by Zakariya Kandhlawi.[2][3][relevance questioned]


The Meadows of the Righteous by Al-Nawawi contains a total of 1,896 hadith divided across 344 chapters, many of which are introduced by verses of the Quran.[4][5] The content of the book were studying the Hadiths in effort to translate the teaching from Quran verses into Sunnah, or practical tradition in the form of Islamic based jurisprudence and ethics.[6] The Sunnah which covered by Nawawi includes the practice of Sahabah, which were viewed by Malik ibn Anas as "living Sunnah" who transmit the rulings directly from Muhammad.[6]


The book is organized into sections each representing a subject matter such as listed hereafter:

  1. The Book of Miscellany
  2. The Book of Good Manners,
  3. The Book about the Etiquette of Eating
  4. The Book of Dress
  5. The Book of the Etiquette of Sleeping, Lying and Sitting..etc
  6. The Book of Greetings
  7. The Book of Visiting the Sick
  8. The Book of Etiquette of Travelling
  9. The Book of Virtues
  10. The Book of I'tikaf
  11. The Book of Hajj
  12. The Book of Jihad
  13. The Book of Knowledge
  14. The Book of Praise and Gratitude to Allah
  15. The Book of Supplicating Allah to Exalt the Mention of Allah's Messenger
  16. The Book of the Remembrance of Allah
  17. The Book of Du'a (Supplications)
  18. The Book of the Prohibited actions
  19. The Book of Miscellaneous ahadith of Significant Values
  20. The Book of (asking) Forgiveness

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  1. ^ Paula Youngman Skreslet, Rebecca Skreslet, The Literature of Islam: A Guide to the Primary Sources in English Translation, p 42. ISBN 1461673143 or ISBN 0810854082
  2. ^ Bowering, Gerhard; Crone, Patricia; Kadi, Wadad; Stewart, Devin J.; Zaman, Muhammad Qasim; Mirza, Mahan (2012). The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought. Princeton University Press. p. 539. ISBN 978-1-4008-3855-4. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  3. ^ Jaleel, Talib (2015). Notes On Entering Deen Completely: Islam as its followers know it. EDC Foundation. p. 1022. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  4. ^ "The Book of Forgiveness - Riyad as-Salihin". Retrieved 2020-08-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ The Meadows of the Righteous By Imam Nawawi. Translated By Ibrahim Ma'Rouf. Dar Al-Manarah (Egypt).
  6. ^ a b Nu'man (2020, p. 171, Muwatta Imam Malik, no.3424. Nawawi take this ruling from Muwatta despite being Shafiite scholar)


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