Gardens of the Righteous - Riyadh as-Salihin of Imam Nawawi
Translated from Arabic to English by M. Z. Khan
Is a selection of Hadith made by Imam Nawawi

Imam Yahya bin Sharf ud-Deen an-Nawawi, popularly known as Imam Nawawi, was a great scholar of Hadith (traditions of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)), Fiqh (jurisprudence), and Spirituality (Tasawwuf/Ihsan). Imam Nawawi was known for his piety, asceticism, knowledge, wisdom, and deep inner connection with God. He was a scholar saint who left treasures of knowledge still cherished to this day by millions after centuries of their creation. His high level of spiritual state and deep connection with God is evident from his book "Bustan ul-Aarifeen" or "Gardens of the Knowers of God".

His expertise in jurisprudence is evident from the great works of jurisprudence he has left behind. His expertise in Hadith is evident from "Riyad us-Saliheen" or "Gardens of the Righteous", "Sharah Sahih Muslim" or "Explanation of Hadith Collection Sahih Muslim", "Kitab al-Adhkar" or "Book of [Divine] Remembrances", and "Arbaeen an-Nawawi" or "Nawawi's Collection of Extremely Important 40 Prophetic Narrations on which axis the religion of Islam revolves".

"Riyad us-Saliheen" or "Gardens of the Righteous" is a collection of Prophet Muhammad's teachings through his authentic traditions, dispersed throughout the enormous Hadith literature, that teach us all about acquiring a state of spiritual perfection to become perfected human beings treading the path of eternal bliss, piousness, clarity of belief in God, purification of the soul, a high level of character and rectitude, all positive inner states like love, patience, gratitude, forgiveness, kindness, contentment, abstinence from greed and lust, compassion, generosity, humility, sincerity to God and to all human beings, trust in God, developing an intimate relationship with God, etc., and eradicating all negative inner states like controlling the urge for carnal pleasures, evil speech, back-biting, excessive and futile conversations, jealousy, hatred, fanaticism and extremism in thoughts, words and deeds in the name of religion, combating low opinion of others, arrogance, pride, hypocrisy, enmity, rancor, love of wealth, desiring fame and prestige, miserliness, showing off, self-righteousness and thinking highly of oneself, and achieving cure of all inner diseases of the soul to name a few.