Salaf Weekend, Imam Ash-Shafi’ee

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A little about him:

Imam Ash-Shafi’ee is one of the four great Imams of whose legacy on juridicial matters & teaching led to a school of fiqh named after him. He memorised the qur’an at the very young age of 7, and at 15 years, was already issuing fatwas with the permission of his sheikh. He authored   over 100 books and is known for his well-versed poetry. He said:

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“When my heart was hardened, and my courses constrained; I made my hope a stairway to Your forgiveness. My sins burdened me heavily, but when I measured it by Your forgiveness, Lord, Your forgiveness was the greater.”

“Whoever slanders to you about others, will slander about you. And whoever reports to you, will soon report about you.”

“Knowledge is that which benefits, not that which is memorized.”

“Let not your tongue mention the shame of another For you yourself are covered in shame and all men have tongues. If your eye falls upon the sins of your brother Shield them and say: “O my eye! All men have eyes!””

“I wish that people learnt this knowledge from me without ascribing one letter of it to me.”

“Whoever wishes that Allah will illuminate him, let him leave that which doesn’t concern him.”

“When the foolish one speaks, do not reply to him, for better than a response (to him) is silence, and if you speak to him you have aided him, and if you left him (with no reply) in extreme sadness he dies.”

“Support me with your advice in private, and avoid advising me in public. Surely giving advice among the people is a kind of reproach, which I would rather not listen to. If you disobey and ignore my wish, don’t be saddened if you are not obeyed.”

“To admonish your brother in private is to advise him and improve him. But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace and shame him.”

“Three things will increase your intellect: sitting with the scholars, sitting with righteous people, and leaving off speech that doesn’t concern you.”

“Intercession is only sought by one of a lower status before a superior and no one is superior to Allah.”

“All humans are dead except those who have knowledge. And all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds. And those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere. And those who are sincere are always in a state of worry.”

“Whoever recites Qur’an, his value is amplified. Whoever records hadith, his proof is strengthened. Whoever learns jurisprudence, his status is ennobled. Whoever learns Arabic, his disposition becomes gentle. Whoever learns mathematics, his opinion will be copious. And whoever fails to defend his honor will not benefit from his knowledge. ”

“I have never debated with a knowledgeable person, except that I won the debate, and I have never debated with an ignorant person, except that I lost.” “I never once argued with anyone hoping to win the debate; rather I always wished that the truth would come from his side.”

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