Al-Shafi‘i

founder of Sunni Shafi‘i madhhab

Abū ʿAbdullāh Muhammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī (28 August 767 — 19 January 820) was a Palestinian-Arab Muslim theologian, writer, and scholar, who was the first contributor of the principles of Islamic jurisprudence (Uṣūl al-fiqh). Often referred to as 'Shaykh al-Islām', al-Shāfi‘ī was one of the four great Imams, whose legacy on juridical matters and teaching eventually led to the Shafi'i school of fiqh (or Madh'hab).

He who seeks pearls immerses himself in the sea.

QuotesEdit

  • He who seeks pearls immerses himself in the sea.
    • Diwan al-Imam al-shafi'i, (book of poems - al-shafi'i) p. 100; Dar El-Marefah Beirut - Lebanon 2005
  • He said to the effect that no knowledge of Islam can be gained from books of Kalam, as kalam is not from knowledge and that "It is better for a man to spend his whole life doing whatever Allah has prohibited - besides shirk with Allah - rather than spending his whole life involved in kalam.
    • Ibn Abi Hatim, Manaaqibush-Shaafi'ee, p. 39

External linksEdit

  • Diwan al-Imam al-shafi'i, (book of poems - al-shafi'i), Dar El-Marefah, Beirut - Lebanon, 2005
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