Ishaaq ibn Ahmad al-Maghrabi(d. 650AH), Abdur-Rahmaan al-Ambari (d. 661 AH), Abdul-Azeez al-Ansaari (d. 662 AH), Abu Ishaaq Ibraaheem al-Waasiti., Abdur Rahman bin Nooh Almaqdisi, Umar bin Asa'ad Ar-Rabia, Abul Hasan Arbali, Abu Ushaq Ibrahim Muradi, Abul Baqa Khalid bin Yusuf Nablusi, Zia bin Tasam Hanafi, Abul Abbas Ahmad Misri, Abu Abdullah Jiyani, Abul Fath Umar Bin Bandar, Abu Abbas maghribi, Abu Muhammad Tanukhi, Abu Muhammed Ansari, Abu Farj Maqdisi
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Alaudin bin Athar, Abdul Abbas Ahmad bin Ibrahim, Abul Abbas Jafri, Abdul Abbas Ahmad bin Farj, Rashid Ismail bin Moallim Hanafi, Abu Abdullah Hambli, Abul Abbas Wasti, Jamaluddin Suliman bin Omar Al-Dara'ee, Abdul Farj Maqdisi, Badr Muhammed bin Ibrahim, Shams Muhammed bin Abi Bakr, Shihab Muhammad bin Abdul Khaliq, Sharaf Hibbullah, Abdul Hajaj Mazni
He studied in Damascus from the age of 18 and after making the Hajj in 1253 he settled there as a private scholar. From a young age he showed signs of great intelligence, and so his father paid for a good education. As a qadi (judge), he was much sought after for advice and adjudication of disputes.
During his short life of only 45 years, he wrote many books on Islamic studies and other topics. He collected and sourced 40 hadiths back to one of the sahabaeen (companions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), which was no small task.
The learned persons, elite of the society and the public greatly respected the Imaam on account of his piety, learning and excellent character. He used simple dress and ate simple food. Devout scholars do not care about worldly chattels, they give preference to religious and academic pursuits, and the propagation of Faith. They experience more heavenly delight and joy in such activities than those who seek satisfaction in luxurious foods, precious clothes and other worldly things. Imaam an-Nawawi had a prominent place among the erudite notables of his age. He was a God-fearing person having illustrious and glorious aims regarding the propagation of Faith.
Imam Nawawi had endless thirst for knowledge. He used to read twelve lessons daily and wrote commentaries on every lesson. Whatever books he read, he would write marginal notes and explanations on each book. His intelligence, hard work, love, devotion and absorption in his studies amazed his teachers and they became fond of him and began to praise and admire him. Allah had also conferred upon him the gift of fast memorisation and depth of thought. Imam Nawawi made full benefit of his God given qualities and potentialities and earned the highest degree of honor.
Imam Nawawi led a life of singular piety, righteousness and simplicity. After over 20 years, he returned to his hometown. Soon after his arrival at Nawa, he fell ill and died in 676 A.H. (1278 AD). http://www.islaam.net/40hadeeth/nawawi.html