The Rawdah of Imam Nawawi

Posted on: 25 April 2019

Imam Abu Ibrahim Isma’il b. Yahya al-Muzani (d. 264) authored his Mukhtasar and gathered in it between an extensive information filled reference work and meaning packed summarization; thus, in this work there is an abundant amount of knowledge to be benefited from, an unprecedented contribution to Islamic scholarship. Imam Muzani took directly from Imam Shafi’i (d. 204) after his arrival in Egypt. Therefore, what Imam Muzani related from Imam Shafi’i is part of the qawl jadid. The As-hab al-Wujuh authored numerous commentaries on this work, the benefits from them innumerable. One of these works is Nihayat al-Matlab fi Dirayat al-Madhhab authored by Imam al-Haramayn (d. 478). Imam al-Haramayn commentated on Mukhtasar al-Muzani in this brilliant masterpiece work which another like it had not been written previously in Islam. Thereafter, Imam Ghazali (d. 505) - he was a student of Imam al-Haramayn - took it and summarized it into a book under the title al-Basit. Then again, he summarized al-Basit in a work under the title al-Wasit; and thereafter, al-Wasit in a work under the title al-Wajiz. Then, Imam Abu al-Qasim al-Rafi’i (d. 623) came and took al-Wajiz commentating on it twice. Imam Rafi’i authored an abridged commentary which he did not name, still it became known as al-Sharh al-Saghir. And he also authored a lengthy commentary under the title Fath al-‘Aziz, and it is also known as al-Sharh al-Kabir. After, Imam Nawawi (d. 676) came and took al-Sharh al-Kabir. He summarized it, edited it, rendered it more accurate and precise, corrected many places, supplemented by adding his additions, and gave preference to which opinions are to be relied-upon. This work he entitled, Rawdat al-Talibin.