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Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi Bio


Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi
Full name Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi
Born 631 AH/1234 CE
Died 676 AH [1]/1278 CE
Era Medieval era
Region Damascus
School Shafi’i

Abu Zakaria Mohiuddin Yahya Ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi (1234–1278) (Arabic: أبو زكريا يحيى بن شرف النووي‎), popularly known as al-Nawawi, an-Nawawi or Imam Nawawi (631 – 676 A.H. / 1234–1278 CE), was a Sunni Muslim author on Fiqh and hadith.[2] His position on legal matters is considered the authoritative one in the Shafi’i Madhhab. He was born at Nawa near Damascus, Syria. As with many Arabic and Semitic names, the last part of his name refers to his hometown.

Biography He studied in Damascus from the age of 18 and after making the pilgrimage in 1253 he settled there as a private scholar. From a young age he showed signs of great intelligence, and so his father paid for a good education. As a judge, he was much sought after for advice and adjudication of disputes.

During his short life of only 45 years [3] he wrote many books on Islamic studies and other topics. He collected and sourced 40 hadith of the Prophet Mohammed back to one of his companions.[4]

In 1267 he succeeded Abu Shama as professor of hadith at the Ashrafiyya [school] in the city. He died at Nawa at a relatively young age, having never married.


  1. tasleema
    October 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    very beneficial. shukran.

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