The Riyad as-Salihin of Imam Nawawi is a well known and popular collection of hadiths covering various themes. The purpose of the book; in the words of the author; is:
I felt that I should compile a short collection of authentic hadiths which will be means for the traveller to the hereafter; through which he will acquire internal and external ettiquette; which will combine [hadiths] which create a yearning [for Paradise] and a fear [of Hell]; and all other types of ettiquette for those treading the path. These hadiths will have lessons on abstention (zuhd); [spiritual] exercise for the souls; the development of character; the purifications and treatment for the hearts; the protection of the limbs and removing their waywardness; and other objectives of the 'arifin (those who have truly recognised)
Includes the Arabic text of each hadith.
About Imam al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277)
Imam Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi was Born in the village of Nawa in Southern Syria; Imam Nawawi spent most of his life in Damascus where he lived in a simple manner; devoted to Allah; engaging single-mindedly in worship; study; writing and teaching various Islamic sciences. .
Although best known for his works in hadith; Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi (d. 676/1277) was also the Imam of the later Shafi'i school of Jurisprudence; and widely acknowledged as the intellectual heir to Imam Shafi'i. He was a renowned scholar and jurist who dedicated his life to the pursuit of Islamic learning. Imam Nawawi died at the young age of 44 years; leaving behind him numerous works.