Words of wisdom from Imam Ash-Shaafici (raximahu Allah)

Words of wisdom from Imam Ash-Shaafici (raximahu Allah)

Abuu Cabdullaahi Muxammad ibnu Idiriis al-Shaafici.


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“Some people have passed away, but their character kept them alive. Others are alive, but their character has killed them.”

“Knowledge without action is arrogance.”

“I 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 an opponent except that I made duca to Allah to show me the truth on his lips.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“The foolish one addresses me with words of disgrace, but I hate to respond to him in a similar manner. The more ignorant he proves, the more patient I become. Just like the incense; the more it’s burnt, the more it releases its fragrance.”

“When it comes to my provisions, I rely upon Allah, my Creator; and I know with certainty that He will no doubt provide for me. 

“I complained to Imam Waqic of my weak memory; he advised me to abstain from sins; for, verily, knowledge is a light from Allah; and this light of Allah is not awarded to sinners.”

“I heard Ash-Shaafici say, “A man does not become complete in this life except when he has four [qualities]: religiousness (al-diyanah), trustworthiness (al-amanah), safeguarding [from sin] (al-siyanah) and sobriety (al-razanah).” – Imam Al-Buwayti (raximahu Allah)

“Be hard on yourself, easy on others.” 

“Were this world to be sold on the market, I would not buy it for a loaf of bread, for all the troubles it contains.”

Imam al-Shafi’ in his final sickness said:

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

Compiled by Ahmed Nuur Arlaadi                                                                     


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