🆕 UPDATE 10/19/22
We just got an update from Dr. Salah Sharief, CEO of Wordsmiths, regarding their progress on 40 Hadith on Masculinity: How to Be a Good Man.
Dear respected supporters of this blessed project,
As-salāmu ʿalaykum wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuh.
After months of hard work, the compilation of the primer on the Sunnah of Manliness is nearing its end, alḥamdulillāh.
What began as a short, forty ḥadīth compilation has quickly become a much larger project, containing hundreds of ḥadīth and verses from the Holy Qur’an.
We are at a point where all forty ḥadīth have been compiled, and several hundred more have been brought in to underpin them, covering a wide range of sub-topics that follow on from the subject matter of each ḥadīth, to bring you a text which clearly defines for the reader the virtues, qualities, and skills that a Muslim man must have.
We will then enter the redrafting stages of the work, where spelling and grammar are checked and double-checked, ḥadīth translations and explanations are scrutinized, and secondary and tertiary resources are scoured for supporting information.
Further research is still being conducted to ensure that the work is as accurate as possible, while care is taken by the researchers to ensure the book is succinct and clear.
We ask that you remember us in your duʿās, and pray for the success of this work, for the Sunnah of the Perfect Man (ﷺ) and his noble example are needed by us now more than ever.
The Wordsmiths Team
So we're right on schedule for our January release ;)
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📕 What is 40 Hadith on Masculinity: How to Be a Good Man?
40 Hadith on Masculinity is a curated compilation of the most authentic hadith of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ on the subject of masculinity, along with translation and commentary.
Our approach is to understand the pure, unadulterated teachings of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, free of any anachronisms or ideological baggage.
The book will cover topics like Manliness, Leadership, Honour, Virtue, Ethics, and others.
Our goal is to help Muslim men be like the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ or get as close to this ideal as Allah Wills.
🗓 When will the book be published?
In sha Allah, we hope to publish the book by mid-January 2023.
If you purchase today, you are pre-ordering your copy.
✅ What's included with your pre-order?
- A pdf ebook of 40 Hadith on Masculinity when it's published in Jan '23.
- Instant access to The Seeker's Regalia: A Primer on the Etiquette of Seeking Sacred Knowledge
🧠 What are the credentials of the authors?
MuslimMan™ commissioned Wordsmiths, a team of expert researchers, translators, and editors with a combined experience over 50 years studying Arabic and Islamic Sciences.
Wordsmiths was founded by Dr. Salah Sharief, who has a PhD in International Law, and is currently a full-time student of the Islamic Tradition.
Dr. Salah's team have a similar background of being trained in Arabic and Islamic Sciences.
Some of his team are scholars while some are students of the Tradition.
👳🏻♂️ Why 40 hadith? Where does this tradition come from?
We quote from Imam An-Nawawi's (may Allah have mercy on him) introduction to his eponymous work:
“To proceed – it has been related to us from Ali bin Abī Ṭālib, Abdullāh bin Mas‘ūd, Mu‘ādh bin Jabal, Abūd-Dardā’, Ibn Umar, Ibn ʽAbbās, Anas bin Mālik, Abū Hurayrah and Abū Saeed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with them) through numerous chains with varied narrations that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "Whoever preserves for my nation forty ḥadīths concerning its religion – Allah will resurrect him on the Day of Resurrection among the jurists and scholars." In one narration it says, "...Allah will resurrect him as a jurist and scholar," and in that of Abūd-Dardā’, "...I will be for him, on the Day of Resurrection, an intercessor and a witness." In the narration of Ibn Mas‘ūd it says, "...he will be told, 'Enter by any of the doors of Paradise you wish,'" and in that of Ibn `Umar, "...he will be registered among the scholars and resurrected among the martyrs." But ḥadīth scholars have agreed that it is a weak ḥadīth despite its many narrations.
“The scholars have compiled within this context countless collections. The first one I have known to do so was Abdullāh bin al-Mubārak and then Ibn Aslam at-Tūsi, the nurturing scholar; then al-Ḥasan bin Sufyān an-Nasā’i, Abū Bakr al-Ajurri, Abū Bakr Muḥammad bin Ibrāheem al-Asfahāni, ad-Daraqutni, al-Ḥākim, Abū Nuaym, Abū Abdur-Raḥmān as-Sulami, Abū Sa‘eed al-Malīni, Abū ‘Uthmān as-Sabūni, Abdullāh bin Muḥammad al-Anṣāri, Abū Bakr al-Bayhaqi and innumerable others from among both previous and later ones. And I have made istikhārah to Allah the exalted concerning the collecting of forty ḥadīths following the example of those well-known imams and preservers of Islam. For the scholars have agreed upon the permissibility of acting on a weak ḥadīth in regard to virtuous deeds. But in spite of this, my reliance is not upon that ḥadīth but rather on his ﷺ statement among the authentic hadiths: "Let the one present among you convey to the absent" and his saying: "May Allah make radiant [the face of] a person who heard my statement and grasped it and passed it on as he heard it."”
With 40 Hadith on Masculinity, we're continuing this well-known noble tradition.
🛠 What's the process for producing a book like this? How long does it take?
We spent more than four hours per hadith searching for the ahadith.
That amounts to 160 hours just in choosing which hadith to include.
Translation takes around four hours per thousand words for a first draft.
Then it goes to the editing department.
Then it goes through a final quality review, where Dr. Salah Sharief will make sure the English is impeccable.
Once all that is done, Dr. Salah and his team will write commentary on each hadith.
And that has to go through its own editing process.
So, conservatively, it'll take between 500 to 1000 hours to finish this book.
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