Imam Nawawi’s Explanation of Sahih Muslim is considered one of the best commentaries on Sahih Muslim.
Imam Muhyi ddin Abi Zakariyah Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi Al-Dimashqi knows simply as Imam 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 of great importance and benefit to Mankind.
Two of his Collection are among the most widely read books by Muslims
In fact after the Holy Qur’an, the two most widely read and referred to books are Some of Imam Nawawi’s Works such as the Riyad us Saleheen and Forty Hadith Collection