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Imaam Shaafi'ee (rahimahullah) (32)

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.

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