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Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:20

The Generosity of Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) – Part Six Featured

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

On one occasion, the day of eid had drawn near, but I did not have any money for my wife’s expenditure. Seeing the constrained situation that we were in, my wife said to me, “There are certain people to whom you regularly give gifts. Why do you not take a loan from some of these people?” Accordingly, I took a loan of seventy dinars. I then left twenty dinars for my wife’s expenditure and I kept aside the remaining fifty dinars for other needs.

Soon thereafter, a man from the Quraish came to me and complained of poverty. On hearing his complaint, I informed him of my situation and how I had taken a loan to fulfill our needs, and then said to him, “Take from my wealth whatever amount you wish.” The man looked at the fifty dinars and said, “The amount that I need is even more than these dinars!” Hearing this, I urged him saying, “Take it all!” Hence, the man took all the fifty dinars and left. Thus, I went to bed that night in the condition where I had neither dinars nor dirhams in my possession.

After some time, while I was in my home, the messenger of Ja’far bin Yahya Barmaki came and summoned me. I responded to the summons, and when I came before Ja’far, he asked me, “What has happened to you tonight? Whenever I fall asleep, a voice calls out to me, ‘See to the need of Imaam Shaafi‘ee! See to the need of Imaam Shaafi‘ee!’ Inform me of your problem.” I thus informed him of my problem, after which he gave me five hundred dinars as a gift. He then said, “I wish to give you more.” He then gave me a further five hundred dinars, and continued to increase the amount that he gave me, until he had given me two thousand dinars.

(Manaaqib-ush-Shaafi‘ee lil-Bayhaqi  2/230)

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