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 The Introduction To Sahih Muslim
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imam al-Nawawi, Imam Muslim
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The introduction to Sahih Muslim

Imam Muslim said:

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. The ultimate reward is for the righteous, and may Allah’s blessings be upon Muhammad the Seal of the Prophets, as well as the rest of the prophets and messengers.

Imam an-Nawawi commented:

[Imam Muslim] started with praising Allah due to the hadith of Abu Hurairah where he narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, “Any important matter that does not start with praising Allah is (devoid) of blessings.”

Other narrations with different wording include, “does not start with praising,” “does not start with remembering Allah,” and “does not start with ‘In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.”‘ These narrations are all drawn from the book of al-Arba’in by al-Hafiz ‘Abdul-Qadir ar-Rahawi, who narrated them orally from his companion, Shaykh Abi Muhammad ‘Abdur­ Rahman bin Salim al-Anbari. In the book, we also related the other narration of the Companion Ka’b bin Malik –

However, Abu Hurairah’s narration is the most famous. This hadith is graded hasan (sound), and is recorded by Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah in their respective Sunan. It is also recorded by Abu Dawud in his book! Aml al-Yawm wal-Layla. He narrated it as both mawsu1 with a good chain of narration and mursal.

“Lord of the worlds”-The most preferable opinion adopted by tafsir [exegesis of Qur’an][Islamic sciences] scholars among others is that “worlds” covers all creation, and Allah knows best.

“May Allah’s blessings be upon Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets, as well as the rest of the prophets and messengers”- This practice of mentioning the blessings of Allah after p aising Him is a custom of the scholars, may Allah be pleased with them. We have related, with the famous authentic narration from ash-Shafi’is ar-Risdlah from the authority of Ibn ‘Uyainah from Ibn Abi NajI4 from Mujahid who commented on Allah’s saying:

.. .and raised high your remembrance [Surah ash-Sharl?- 94:4]

That it means, “Never am I (Allah) mentioned except that you (Muhammad) are mentioned as well (i.e. I bear witness that there is no God worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger). This interpretation is narrated all the way to the Messenger of Allah from Jibril from Allah, the Lord of the worlds.”

However, Imam Muslim is considered remiss for mentioning the blessings upon the Prophet without combining it with mentioning ‘peace,’ since we are commanded to combine both of them. Allah says:

0 you who believe, ask [Allah to confer] blessing

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