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Imaam Shaafi'ee (rahimahullah) (10)

Monday, 16 October 2017 06:33

Studying Under Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) – Part One

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Rabee’ bin Sulaimaan (rahimahullah) narrates that he heard Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) mention the following:

I departed from Makkah Mukarramah and joined the tribe of Huzail, travelling with them in the desert. I learned their manner of speaking and the Arabic that they spoke, as they were among the most eloquent of Arabs. I stayed with them for some time, walking with them whenever they departed, and halting with them whenever they stopped.

Thereafter, I returned to Makkah Mukarramah and began to engage in reciting poetry and recounting the history of different people and tribes. One day, a certain man from the tribe of Zuhra passed by and said to me, “O Abu ‘Abdillah! It pains me to see that you are not engaged in acquiring the knowledge of Deen and Fiqh (the understanding of Deen). That which you are currently engaged in is merely the art of eloquence and speaking fluently.” I immediately asked the man, “Who still remains from the ‘Ulamaa who are frequented for their knowledge of Deen?” The man replied, “Imaam Maalik bin Anas (rahimahullah), the leader of the Muslims.”

Sunday, 20 August 2017 06:50

The Mujaddid of the Second Century

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Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:

إن الله يبعث لهذه الأمة على رأس كل مائة سنة من يجدد لها دينها (سنن أبي داود #4291)

Indeed Allah Ta‘ala sends for this Ummah, on the expiry of every one hundred years, a person who will revive their Deen for them.

Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) has mentioned the following:

Indeed Allah Ta‘ala sends for the Ummah, at the termination of every century, a personality who will teach them (and revive) the Sunnah, and purify the Deen of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) from fabrications and unfounded practices. When we reflected (over personalities who fitted this description), we had found that Hazrat ‘Umar bin ‘Abdul ‘Azeez (rahimahullah) was the personality who was blessed to revive Deen at the termination of the first century, and Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) was the personality who was blessed to revive Deen at the termination of the second century.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 10/46)

Maimooni (rahimahullah) says that he heard Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) mention, “There are six people for whom I make du‘aa at the time of Sehri. One of them is Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah).” (Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 10/45)

‘Abdullah (rahimahullah), the son of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah), narrates the following:

I once asked my father, “What type of person was Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), for I hear you making abundant du‘aa for him?” Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) replied, “O my son! He was like the sun to the world and like safety for the people. Could there be any replacement or substitute for the sun and safety?” (Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 10/45)

Thursday, 20 April 2017 06:06

Undergoing Poverty in the Search of 'Ilm

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Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) narrates:

I was an orphan in the care of my mother, and my mother did not have anything which she could give to my Ustaad. However, my Ustaad was happy that when he would leave the class, I would see to the students in his absence. After I completed memorizing the Qur’aan Majeed, I entered the Musjid and began to sit with the ‘Ulamaa, memorizing the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and various masaa’il of Deen. Our home, in Makkah Mukarramah, was situated in the valley of the Mountain of Khaif. I would find bones that were clean and clear and on which I was able to write Ahaadith and masaa’il of Deen (as I could not afford paper to write on). We had an old jar in our home. Whenever I had written on the entire surface of the bone and there was no other space left to write, I would place it in the jar.

(Hilyatul Awliyaa vol. 9 pg. 82)

Monday, 27 March 2017 14:19

Abstaining from Intricate Discussions of ‘Aqaa’id

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Imaam Muzani (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

When Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) came to Egypt, I said to myself, “If there is any person who can answer the intricate question related to ‘Aqaa’id which is in my heart and absorbing my mind, perhaps it will be him.” With this in mind, I went to Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) and found him seated in the Musjid of Egypt. When I sat before him, I said, “There is an intricate mas’alah pertaining to ‘Aqaa’id in my heart (that I wish to ask). So I said, ‘There is nobody who possesses knowledge as great as that which you possess. So inform me regarding the in depth knowledge of ‘Aqaa’id that you possess.’”

Abu Thowr (rahimahullah) mentions, “Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), on account of his generosity, would very seldom hold back any wealth.”

Rabee’ bin Sulaimaan (rahimahullah) narrates:

When I made nikaah, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) asked me, “How much of mahr did you promise your wife?” I replied, “Thirty dinaars.” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) then asked me, “How much have you already given her?” I replied, “Six dinaars.” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) thereafter ascended to his home and sent me a bag in which there were twenty four dinaars.”

(Aadaab-us-Shaafi‘ee wa Manaaqibuhu pg. 125-126)

Hasan bin ‘Abdil ‘Azeez Al-Jarawi Al-Misri (rahimahullah) narrates that Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) once said, “I never debated with any person and hoped that he would err, and I do not possess any knowledge in my heart except that I desire that every person could possess the same knowledge, without the knowledge being attributed to me.”

Rabee’ (rahimahullah) mentions, “I once entered the presence Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) while he was ill. I then heard him say, after mentioning the kitaabs that he had compiled, “I wish that the entire creation could acquire this knowledge without any of this knowledge being attributed to me.”

Saturday, 17 December 2016 08:47

The Compassion of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah)

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‘Allaamah Subki (rahimahullah) mentions that on one occasion, Imaam Shaafi‘ee explained a mas’alah to Rabee’ bin Sulaymaan Al-Muraadi thirty nine times, yet he still did not understand it. Rabee’ then woke up and left the gathering out of shame. After the lesson, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) called him in seclusion and again explained the mas’alah to him, with extreme love and affection, just as he had explained it during the thirty nine times. On the fortieth time, Rabee’ bin Sulaymaan understood it.

(Ma‘aalim-ul-Irshaadiyah pg 77)

Rabee’ bin Sulaymaan (rahimahullah) says that his ustaadh, Imaam Shafi‘ee (rahimahullah), would say to him out of love and affection, “If I could transform ‘Ilm (knowledge of Deen) into food and feed it to you, I would do so.”

(Ma’aalimul Irshaadiya pg. 78)

Monday, 07 November 2016 09:09

The Piety of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah)

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Rabee’ (rahimahullah) mentions:

Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) used to divide his night into three portions. The first third was for writing, the second third for Salaah and the last third for rest.

Rabee’ (rahimahullah) also said:

In the month of Ramadhaan, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) used to complete the recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed sixty times. However, it is not possible to calculate how much of it was accomplished in Salaah.

Sunday, 16 October 2016 05:06

Adherence to the Shari'ah

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Haarith bin Suraij (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

I was once with Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) when we entered into the presence of a servant of the ruler, Haaroon Rasheed. This servant happened to be in a home of which the floor was covered with a carpet of silk. When Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) placed his foot on the doorstep to enter, he noticed that the floor was covered in silk and immediately moved back, refusing to enter. The servant saw his reluctance to enter but did not understand the reason and thus prompted him saying, “Please enter.” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), however, refused to enter and said, “It is not permissible to use silk as a carpet.” On hearing this, the servant immediately stood and took them to another home which had an Armenian carpet. Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) now entered and said to the servant, “This carpet, despite being better and more expensive than the silken carpet, is permissible for us on account of Sharee‘ah making it Halaal for us, whereas the silken carpet, though less in value, is impermissible, as Sharee‘ah has made it haraam for us.” When he heard the explanation of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), the servant merely smiled and remained silent.

(Aadaab-ush-Shaafi‘ee wa Manaaqibuh pg. 76)

Note: According to Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), it is impermissible for a male to use a carpet of silk. There is a difference of opinion among the other Imaams regarding this mas’alah.