The 'hadith qudsi' are the sayings of the Prophet divinely communicated to him. The present collection has been compiled from all the available books of 'hadith'. The forty chosen here are all well authenticated and present many of the doctrinal, devotional and ethical elements of Islam. A scholarly introduction deals fully with the subject and shows the way in which the 'hadith qudsi' differs from the Qur'an and from the Prophetic 'hadith'. This selection and translation has been made by the translators of 'An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith'. 'Forty Hadith Qudsi' is regarded as a companion volume and has been printed in similar format with the original Arabic text given alongside the English translation.