Tampering of Imam Al-Nawawi’s Adhkar

The Savant, Jurist, Shaykh-ul-Islam, Virtuous and Pious Wali of Allah ta’alaa, The Ascetic, Defender of the Sunnah, Mountain of Knowledge, Known as the Second Imam Ash-Shafi’i, the Reviver of Islam in his time, The Mujaahid, The Hafidh of Hadith, Abu Zakariya Yahya ibn Sharaf, known best as “Imam An-Nawawi” recorded in his tome, Al-Adhkaar (الاذكار) the following story from Al-‘Utbi:1

“As I was sitting by the grave of the Prophet, a Bedouin Arab came and said: “Peace be upon you, O Messenger of Allah ! I have heard Allah saying: “If they had only, when they were unjust to themselves, come unto thee and asked Allah’s forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah indeed Oft-returning, Most Merciful” (4:64), so I have come to you asking forgiveness for my sin, seeking your intercession with my Lord.” Then he began to recite poetry:

O best of those whose bones are buried in the deep earth,

And from whose fragrance the depth

and the height have become sweet,

May I be the ransom for a grave which thou inhabit,

And in which are found purity, bounty and munificence!

Then he left, and I slept and saw the Nabi (Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) in my sleep. He said to me: “Yā `Utbi, run after the Bedouin and give him glad tidings that Allah  has forgiven him.” [End Quote. To also read the online version click here ]

The scans are taken from the published print from Mu’asasah ‘Ulum Al-Qur’an (Beirut) and Dar Al-Qiblah Lil-Thiqafat Al-Islamiyyah, Jeddah pages 284-285, with the editing of Subay’ Hamzah Hakimi.

Imam An-Nawawi placed this narration below the chapter titled, “Chapter: Regarding Visiting the Grave of Rasulullah (‘alayhis salaam) and its Remembrances (adhkaar)”.

The publisher “Dar-Al-Huda” from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia changed “Grave” to “Masjid” so as to make it seem one is not to visit the Prophet Muhammad [sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam]’s grave.

Furthermore, they changed the text and words of Imam An-Nawawi when he said,

فصل” في زيارة قبر رسول الله (ص) وأذكارها : اعلم أنه ينبغي لكل من حج أن يتوجه إلى زيارة رسول الله (ص ) سواء كان ذلك طريقه أو لم يكن فإن زيارته (ص ) من أهم القربات وأربح المساعي وأفضل الطلبات
Dar-Al-Huda changed these words to:

(فصل” في زيارة مسجد رسول الله (ص) اعلم أنه يستحب من أراد زيارة مسجد رسول الله (ص ) أن يكثر من الصلاة عليه (ص

This is simply one example of their distorting the Adhkar as was pointed out by Shaykh Mahmud Sa’id Mamduh in his Rafa’ Minaara.

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