'When man becomes familiar with dhikr, he separates himself (inwardly) from all other things. Now, at death he is separated from all that is not God...What remains is the invocation alone. If this invocation is familiar to him, he finds his pleasure in it and rejoices that the obstacles which kept him from it have been removed, so that he finds himself alone with his Beloved.'
'An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith'
By Yahya ibn Sharaf al-Nawawi (Author), Ezzeddin Ibrahim (Translator), Denys Johnson-Davies (Translator)
This collection of forty hadith by one of the most famous compilers of hadith is generally regarded as the most popular anthology and the best introduction to the study of the Prophet's sayings which, together with the Qur'an, contain the essential teachings of Islam. The Arabic original has been printed alongside the English translation for the benefit of those with a knowledge of Arabic. The translation, by two scholars working in close collaboration, combines accuracy with readability.