The Testament to Faith: Forty Hadith on the Virtues of the Testament to Faith

The Testament to Faith: Forty Hadith on the Virtues of the Testament to Faith

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This book is a collection of forty hadith narrations on the virtues of the kalima, compiled by the great Palestinian scholar of the late Ottoman era, Imam Yusuf al-Nabhani. The Imam writes:

"I had seen a precious book titled Tanbih al-Awwah fi Fadl La Ilaha Illa Allah penned by my master, Shaykh Muhammad al-Bakri al-Kabir....In it, he mentions one hundred and nine hadiths on the merits of 'There is no god but Allah,' which include a large number of repetitions. Thus, I selected from them forty hadiths, mostly sounds and good, eliminating repetitions. These are the best of the best."

While apparently simple, this significance and depth of this collection continues to reveal itself with each subsequent reading. As one of the narrations in this collection states:

"...if the seven heavens and the seven earths were to be placed in the pan [of a scale] and the words 'There is no god but Allah' were to be placed in the other, then 'There is no god but Allah' would outweigh them." (al-Tabarani with a sound chain)

This collection includes hadith from all the major collections, including a number reported by both Imam al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim.

  • Author: Imam Yusuf al-Nabhani
  • Translator: Ahmad Derrick Peat
  • Languages: Arabic & English (bilingual)
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Colour: Black & white
  • Categories: Islam, Hadith
  • Publisher: Imam Ghazali Publishing


Imam Yusuf al-Nabhani (1849-1932) was a Palestinian scholar. After his initial studies in his locality, he studied in al-Azhar, Egypt, between 1866 and 1872, where he studied the Islamic disciplines with numerous prominent scholars. He also spent a few years researching and publishing in Istanbul. He served as a chief judge in Jerusalem and then Beirut.

After living in Medina for some time, he returned to Beirut and later passed away there in the beginning of the month of Ramadan. He has left a vast collection of works, on a variety of subjects, but many are focused on the character and being of the Prophet ﷺ.