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Imaam Shaafi'ee (rahimahullah) (24)

Sunday, 10 February 2019 06:18

Following a Person who Holds Deviated Beliefs in Deen

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Yunus bin ‘Abdil A’laa (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

I once said to Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), “Our companion, Imaam Laith bin Sa’d (rahimahullah), has mentioned in regard to people who hold deviated beliefs, ‘Even if I see a person who holds deviated beliefs in deen walking on water, I will not accept him and follow him.’”

Hearing this, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) remarked, “Imaam Laith (rahimahullah) has said well, but has not expressed the matter to the point I would have expressed it. I would say that let alone such a person walking on water, even if I see him flying in the air, I would not accept him and follow him.”

(Manaaqib-ush-Shaafi‘ee lilBayhaqi pg. 1/453)

Sunday, 30 December 2018 06:08

The Savior of the Sunnah

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In Baghdad, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) was known by the title ‘Naasir-us-Sunnah’ (the savior of the Sunnah).

Haafiz Ibnu Katheer (rahimahullah) says, “Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) memorized the Qur’aan Majeed when he was only seven, the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) when he was ten, and his Shaikh, Muslim bin Khallaad Al-Zanji (rahimahullah), permitted him to pass verdicts (Fatwa) when he was only fifteen (some narrations state that he was eighteen).”

Hazrat Abu Thowr (rahimahullah), one of the Mujtahideen of that era, says, “We never saw anyone as great as Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah).”

(Al-Bidaayah-wan-Nihaayah 10/276)

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 04:14

Spending the Entire Night in the Recitation of the Qur’aan

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Haaroon bin Sa‘eed bin Haytham Al-Ayli narrates the following:

On one occasion, some of the Fuqahaa of Egypt entered the presence of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) at the time of sehri. On entering and meeting him, they saw that he had the Qur’aan Majeed before him and was occupied with its recitation.

Abu Haatim, Hasan bin Ahmed (rahimahullah) reports the following:

Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) once addressed Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) and advised him saying, “Allah Ta‘ala has instilled a special noor and divine light within your heart. Do not extinguish this noor through committing sins and falling into the disobedience of Allah Ta‘ala.”

(Manaaqib-ush-Shaafi‘ee lilBayhaqi pg. 1/104)

Sunday, 07 October 2018 10:43

Not being Concerned about the Negative Remarks of People

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Yunus bin ‘Abdul A‘laa (rahimahullah) mentions the following:

Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) once said to me, “You will never be able to please and satisfy every person, and there is no way that you will be able to remain safe from the criticism and negative remarks of every person. Hence, do not be concerned about the negative remarks of people, but concern yourself with that which will benefit you and firmly hold onto it.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 10/89)

Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:37

The Path of Moderation when Interacting with People

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Yunus bin ‘Abdul A‘laa (rahimahullah) mentions the following:

Hazrat Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) once said to me, “O Yunus! Staying away from people and totally refraining from interacting with them will create enmity in their hearts for you. On the other hand, associating with people too much will cause you to fall into bad company. You should thus adopt the path of moderation by neither associating with people too much, nor completely cutting yourself off from them.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 10/89)

Hazrat Yahya bin Ma‘een (rahimahullah) was once seated with Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) when Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) passed by, riding his mule. On seeing Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) immediately stood up and went behind him in order to greet him with salaam. Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) thereafter spoke to Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) for some time. After speaking to Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) returned to Hazrat Yahya bin Ma‘een (rahimahullah) who had remained seated and did not wake up to go and greet Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah).

Monday, 23 April 2018 14:15

The Intelligence of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Muzani (rahimahullah) reports:

On one occasion, we were present by Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) when an old man wearing woolen clothing appeared. The old man then asked Imaam Shaafi‘ee, “May I ask a question?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) gave him permission. He then asked, “What are the Shar’ee proofs in the Deen of Allah Ta‘ala?” Imaam Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) replied, “The Kitaab of Allah Ta‘ala.” He then asked, “And what else?” Imaam Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) replied, “The Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). He then asked, “And what else?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) replied, “The consensus of the Ummah.” He then asked, “What is your proof for this?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) thought for a while. The old man then said, “I give you respite for three days, either you bring me proof from the Qur’aan, or seek forgiveness and repent to Allah Ta‘ala.”

Monday, 26 March 2018 12:50

Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) in his Final Moments

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Imaam Muzani (rahimahullah) mentions:

I went to visit Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) during his final illness. I said to him, “O Abu ‘Abdillah! How are you feeling this morning?” Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) raised his head and replied, “I have commenced the morning departing from the dunya, separating from my brothers and friends, going to receive the recompense of my actions, and proceeding to meet Allah Ta‘ala. I do not know whether my soul is going to Jannah so that I should congratulate it, or whether it is going to Jahannum so that I should console it.” Saying this, Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) began to cry.

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 8/411)

Sunday, 25 February 2018 06:55

The Praise of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was once asked regarding Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah). Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) thus said the following:

Allah Ta‘ala favored us and blessed us with Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah). We would learn the verdicts of the various ‘Ulamaa and we would record the knowledge of their kitaabs until Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) came to us. When we heard Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) speak, we realized that he was blessed with more knowledge of Deen than others. We thus sat with him (to learn the knowledge of Deen) during the days and the nights, and we only saw every form of goodness from him.”

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