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Abū Zakariyyā Muḥyi’d-dīn Yaḥyā ibn Sharaf an-Nawawī (631 AH/1233 CE – 676 AH/1277 CE) was an exemplary scholar of the hadith, Ash‘arī kalām and the Shāfi‘ī madhhab, noted for his commentary on Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, his collection of Forty Hadith, the Riyāḍ aṣ-Ṣāliḥīn, the Adhkār, which is a collection of dhikr and du‘ā from the Qur’ān and the hadith, and a number of other significant works.

The Garden of the Gnostics (Bustān al-‘Ārifīn) is Imam an-Nawawī’s work on taṣawwuf, drawing as is his wont on the Qur’ān, with careful choice of hadith, and the sayings of the first generations (salaf) and eminent later people.

Aisha Bewley is the translator of a large number of classical works of Islam and Sufism, often in collaboration with Abdalhaqq Bewley, notably The Noble Qur’an – a New Rendering of Its Meanings in English; Muhammad, Messenger of Allah – the translation of Qāḍī ‘Iyāḍ’s ash-Shifā’; the Muwaṭṭa’ of Imam Mālik ibn Anas; and Imam an-Nawawī’s Riyāḍ aṣ-Ṣāliḥīn.

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