Hadith Curriculum for the General Public

15 Sep

Although advanced works of ahadith, such as al-Jami’ al-Sahih by al-Bukhari, require a scholar or commentary to unlock their secrets and benefits, shorter ta’liq (chainless) works can and should be read by the general public regularly. The following works were written for such a purpose and may be read in sequence.

  • Al-Nawawi – al-Arba’in al-Nawawiyah with the zawa’id of Ibn Rajab (50 ahadith)
  • Muhmammad ‘Awwamah – Min Sihah al-Ahadith al-Qisar (300 ahadith)
  • Muhammad ‘Awammah – Min Sihah al-Ahadith al-Qudsiyah (100 ahadith with sharh)
  • Al-Bulandshehri – Zad al-Talibin (327 ahadith)
  • Al-Tirmidhi – al-Shama’il al-Muhammadiyah (400 ahadith approx.)
  • Al-Maqdisi – Umdat al-Ahkam (422 ahadith)
  • Ibn Hajar – Mukhtasar al-Targhib wa al-Tarhib (800 ahadith approx.)
  • Al-Nawawi – al-Adhkar (1242 ahadith)
  • Al-Bukhari – al-Adab al-Mufrad (1,300 ahadith approx.)
  • Ibn Hajar – Bulugh al-Maram (1358 ahadith)
  • Al-Nawawi – Riyadh al-Salihin (1936 ahadith)
  • Salih al-Shami – al-Wafi bima fi al-Sahihayn (1939 ahadith)

Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Hadith/Sunnah


4 responses to “Hadith Curriculum for the General Public

  1. Green

    October 8, 2013 at 11:00 am


    Jazak Allah for compiling the list – very useful for us lay persons. After the first one, do you know which of the others are translated into English. Also, is there a particular translation of Riyadh Al Salihin you would recommend as the I have read objections to the darussalam version.


  2. Al-Asiri

    October 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullah,

    The following have been translated as far as I am aware:

    Al-Nawawi – Al-Arba’in al-Nawawiyah
    Al-Bulandshehri – Zad al-Talibin
    Al-Tirmidhi – Al-Shama’il al-Muhammadiyah
    Al-Bukhari – Al-Adab al-Mufrad
    Ibn Hajar – Bulugh al-Maram
    Al-Nawawi – Riyadh al-Salihin
    Ibn Hajar – Mukhtasar al-Targhib wa al-Tarhib
    Al-Nu’mani – Ma’arif al-Hadith
    Al-Mundhiri – Mukhtasar Sahih Muslim
    Al-Zabidi – Al-Tajrid al-Sarih (Mukhtasar Sahih al-Bukhari)
    Al-Tabrizi – Mishkat al-Masabih

    There isn’t a particular commentary of Riyadh al-Salihin that I would recommend for or against. There are a few that I am aware of, including the Darussalam version as well as Aisha Bewley’s online translation. None are free from error. I prefer to read it with Nuzhat al-Muttaqin, an easy modern commentary in Arabic by shaykhs Mustafa al-Khin, Mustafa al-Bagha, Ali al-Sharbaji, Muhyi al-Din Mistu, and Muhammad al-Lutfi. They explain the difficult vocabulary and benefits of the hadiths in a concise manner. It is written specifically for Arab laymen and so is great for intermediate students of Arabic. From the extensive commentaries my personal preference is for Kanz Riyadh al-Salihin, followed by Ibn ‘Allan’s sharh, Dalil al-Falihin.

    I might add that Riyadh al-Salihin is a truly splendid book which captures the essence of the Prophetic example more than legalistic works. Most of the ahadith that have reached us are spiritual and morally-refining in nature. This can be skewed by some legally-minded compilers. Al-Nawawi did a great service by restoring this balance in Riyadh al-Salihin and Kitab al-Adhkar.

    I hope this helps.


  3. talutd

    November 26, 2015 at 5:31 am

    As salaamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    In fact, I am a student of the science of Hadith. But I do like to read books of hadith outside of my curriculum. This list is great.

    I was wondering two things:

    1. It’s very difficult to order Arabic books here in Mexico. You usually get extorted by customs. Do you know of any electronic copies (even for purchase) of the two books by Shaykh Muhammad Awwamah?

    2. Could “Al-Wafi” be replaced by the Mukhtasars of Zubaidi of Bukhari and Nawawi of Muslim? Or would this be beyond the purpose of the list. I.e. are they books better studied with scholars?

    Thank you for all of your hard work.

    Talut Dawood

    • Al-Asiri

      March 23, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Wa alaykum Salam WA rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

      I don’t know of any ebook versions of those books.

      Al-Wafi could easily replace any other mukhtasars of al-Bukhari and Muslim. It’s an excellent book – really well done.


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