This is a post in my series From My Bookshelf where I will share short reviews of books I have found beneficial.
Riyaad al Saliheen (gardens of the righteous) is the famous collection of Ahadeeth compiled by Imam Nawawi. It contains around 1900 ahadeeth divided across 372 chapters, many of which are introduced by verses of the Quran.
“Riyad as-Saliheen (Gardens of the Righteous) is a collection of ahadith by imam Nawawi (rahimahullah). It is a compilation of ahadith for the every day life of a Muslim. It covers the three spectrums of akhlaq (character) which is with yourself, with Allah and with others. It has ahadithon the actions of the heart, deeds of the limbs and statements of the tongue. It has ahadith and ayat that lead to a person’s success in this life and the next. Riyad as-Saliheen is the perfect book of hadith for laymen. Imam Nawawi (rahimahullah), who is known for his 40 hadeeth collection, set it up in a way that the one who reads it does not need extensive knowledge of hadith or its sciences to understand.” ~ Muslimmatters.org
It is a very comprehensive book for a non scholar or a beginner student of hadeeth. But with any book of hadeeth, I would recommend reading the ahdeeth with an explanation. There are many commentaries written on this book and you can choose the one you like. Originally written in Arabic, this book has been translated in many languages and is readily available in many countries.