I think that I need to clear up a bit of confusion here.
Throughout this coming blessed month of Ramadan, I shall be posting at least one hadith every day, God-willing, from this very well-known collection of forty-two ahadith of Imam An-Nawawi in the hope that the reader will greatly enhance his or her knowledge and understanding of Islam as this is what this book “An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadiths” is meant to accomplish.
The ahadith (plural for hadith) being the reported sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is indeed separate from the Qur’an which is of course the verbatim Speech of Allah.
It is worth noting here that although both the Qur’an and the words of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which were recorded in the ahadith, came from the lips of just one man i.e. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), they do not however share the same linguistic structure and this makes the Qur’an absolutely unique because not even the ahadith can match it’s linguistic brilliance and accuracy.
Anyhow, this is hadith # 2 of Imam An-Nawawi’s collection:
On the authority of Omar bin Al-Khattab, who said :
One day while we were sitting with the messenger of Allah there appeared before us a man whose clothes were exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly black; no signs of journeying were to be seen on him and none of us knew him. He walked up and sat down by the prophet. Resting his knees against his and placing the palms of his hands on his thighs, he said:“O Muhammed, tell me about Islam”. The messenger of Allah said: “Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammed is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast in Ramadhan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so.” He said:“You have spoken rightly”, and we were amazed at him asking him and saying that he had spoken rightly. He said: "Then tell me about eman.“He said:“It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in divine destiny, both the good and the evil thereof.” He said:“You have spoken rightly”. He said: " Then tell me about ehsan.” He said: “It is to worship Allah as though you are seeing Him, and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you”. He said: “Then tell me about the Hour”. He said: “The one questioned about it knows no better than the questioner.” He said: “Then tell me about its signs.” He said: “That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted, naked, destitute herdsman competing in constructing lofty buildings.” Then he took himself off and I stayed for a time. Then he said: “O Omar, do you know who the questioner was?” I said: “Allah and His messenger know best”. He said: “He was Jebreel (Gabriel), who came to you to teach you your religion.”
narrated by Muslim