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Nahj al-fasaha (book)

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Nahj al-fasaha
Author Abu l-Qasim Payanda
Original title نهج الفصاحة
Language Arabic - Persian
Subject Sayings of the Prophet (s)
Genre Hadith
Published 1324 Sh/1945
Publisher Tehran: 'Ilmi Publication
English translation
En. title HEIGHT OF RHETORIC: Translation of wise sayings of the holy Prophet, Muhammad
Translator Husayn Vahid Dastjirdi
En. publisher Qom: Ansariyan Publications, 2007

Nahj al-faṣāha (Arabic: نهج الفصاحة), written by Abu l-Qasim Payanda, is a collection of hadith from the Prophet (s) regarding virtues and ethics. It was named after the hadith of the Prophet (s) which says, I am the most fluent Arab.


This book only includes those hadith of the Prophet (s) which speak about virtues and morals (akhlaq), and avoids hadith regarding other topics such as jurisprudence. In reference to the topic of the book and its accuracy, the author says:

I compiled this collection of the Prophet's (s) sayings through years of studying texts, and spent as much of my life as possible on it - and even with all my attention, if there is any incorrect hadith in it, I would not be worried because I have not related something wrong to the Prophet (s) or quoted any weak saying from others; and also I might be allowed this because this collection is not about [the rulings of] the permissible and the forbidden - it is about the good, virtues and perfections - and leaders of the past have always been easy on the chains of transmitters of such hadith.

Some of the sayings of this collection have at the same time been ascribed to Imam 'Ali (a). About such ambiguity of reference, the author says, "there are many cases when similar sayings and reports rela