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Imam Ash-Shafi’i (رحمه الله)

Imam al-Shafi’i: My Soul Yearns for Egypt

On 28, Dec 2012 | In Arabic / العربية, Imam Ash-Shafi'i (رحمه الله), Poetry | By Abu 'Aaminah

Some selections from the Diwan of Imam al-Shafi’i:

إذا حارَ أمرُكَ في مَعْنَيَيْن *** ولم تدرِ فيما الخطا و الصواب
فخَالِفْ هَوَاكَ فإنَّ الهوَى ***  يقودُ النفوسَ إلى ما يعاب

If you are caught in confusion between two matters,
And you don’t know what is right and what is wrong.
At that point, disobey your desires; for indeed desires,
Only lead the soul to what is blameworthy and wrong.

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“Even if we disagreed..”

Younus Al-Sadafi said:

I have not seen anyone wiser than Al-Shafi’ee. I debated with him one day on an issue and we disagreed. When we met again, he took my hand, and said: ‘O, Abu Moosa, would it not be correct that we remain brothers even if we disagreed on an issue?’

Source: Tarjamat Al-A’emah Al-Arba’a, 1/122

From the Beauty of Knowledge

It is reported that Imām Ahmad b. Hanbal – Allâh have mercy on him – said:

Al-Shâfi’î saw me sitting in his circle, and there was some ink on my shirt I was trying to hide. He said, “Young man, why are you hiding it? Having ink on ones clothes is a sign of lofty conduct: to the sight it is black, but to the insight it is white (with the light of knowledge).

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Importance of a Teacher

Imām ash-Shāfi’ī رحمه الله said:

من تفقه في بطون الكتب ضيع الأحكام ومن كان شيخه كتابه كان خطؤه أكثر من صوابه

“Whomever learns from books (without a teacher) will destroy (misunderstand) the ahkām (rulings) and whomever takes his books as his shaykh, his mistakes will outnumber his understanding (what he comprehends).”

[Adāb al-Ulamā’ Page # 14]

“For the one who gives up arguing…”

Abu Umamah al-Bahili رضي الله عنه narrated that the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم said:

أنا زعيم بيت في رَبَضِ الجنة لمن ترك المراء وإن كان مُحِقَّا، وبيت في وسط الجنة لمن ترك الكذب وإن كان مازحًا، وبيت في أعلى الجنة لمن حَسُن خلقه

I am the leader of a house in Paradise. I guarantee a house in Jannah for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right; and I guarantee a home in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even if he is joking; and I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good manners.”

[Abu Da’wud, 4800; also found in ‘Tahdhib al-Kamal’, 3/498; ‘Mu’jam al-Kabeer’, 7488; ‘al-Bayhaqi’, 10/249 and others – graded as Hasan by al-Albani in ‘Saheeh al-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb’, 6/3; and Ibn Baz in ‘Khashiyah Buloogh al-Maraam’, 810]

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