Imam al-Shafi رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ, a Fountain of Heavenly Wisdom

Imam al-Shafi رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ, a Fountain of Heavenly Wisdom

Abū ʿAbdillāh Muhammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ  

أَبُو عَبْدِ ٱللهِ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ إِدْرِيسَ ٱلشَّافِعِيُّ

Imam al-Shafi رَحِمَهُ ٱللَّٰهُ, also known as ‘Shaykh Al Islam’, is one of the four great Imams of Sunni schools of law. He is also the author of several prominent works in the field. He has been titled ‘Nasir al-Hadith’ which means “defender of hadith”.

 

By Shaykh  Abu Ihsan

 

Imam al-Shafi  رحمه الله said:

ما أفلح من طلب العلم إلا بالقلة

The students of knowledge do not succeed except for a few.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

كذبت قط، ولا حلفت بالله ، ولا تركت غسل الجمعة ، وما شبعت منذ ست عشرة سنة ، إلا شبعة طرحتها من ساعتي

I never lied, or swore by Allah, or left the ritual bath on Friday. I did not have a full stomach for sixteen years, except once and I did not go back to it.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

من لم تعزه التقوى ، فلا عز له

Whoever is not honored by fearing Allah, then there is no honor for him.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

ما فزعت من الفقر قط, طلب فضول الدنيا عقوبة عاقب بها الله أهل التوحيد

I was never afraid of poverty. Seeking an excess to what one needs in this world is a punishment with which Allah punished the people of monotheism.

 

And it was said to him:

مالك تكثر من إمساك العصا، ولست بضعيف

You often grab the cane, but you are not weak.

So he رحمه الله said:

لأذكر أني مسافر

To remind myself that, indeed, I am a traveler.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

من لزم الشهوات، لزمته عبودية أبناء الدنيا

Whoever sticks to his desires, worshiping other people will stick to him.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

الخيـر في خمسة : غنى النفس ، وكف الأذى ، وكسب الحلال ، والتقوى ، والثقة بالله

Good is in five: self-contentment, refraining from harm, earning the lawful, fearing Allah, and trusting Allah.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

أنفع الذخائر التقوى ، وأضرها العدوان

The most beneficial of lasting provisions is the fear of Allah, and the most harmful of lasting provisions is aggression.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

اجتناب المعاصي ، وترك ما لا يعنيك ، ينور القلب, عليك بالخلوة ، وقلة الأكل ، إياك ومخالطة السفهاء ومن لا ينصفك, إذا تكلمت فيما لا يعنيك ملكتك الكلمة ، ولم تملكها

Avoiding disobedience to Allah and leaving what does not concern you will enlighten the heart. I advise you with retreat and little eating. Beware of mixing with fools and whoever does not do you justice.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

لو أوصى رجل بشئ لأعقل الناس ، صُرف إلى الزهاد

If a man were to will some of his wealth to the wisest of people, it would go to the ascetics.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

سياسة الناس أشد من سياسة الدواب

Administering the people is more difficult than administering livestock.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

العاقل من عقله عقله عن كل مذموم

The wise person is the one whose mind controls him from every disgrace.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

للمروءة أركان أربعة : حسن الخلق، والسخاء ، والتواضع، والنسك

Nobility has four pillars: good character, generosity, humility, and piety.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

لا يكمل الرجل إلا بأربع: بالديانة ، والأمانة ، والصيانة ، والرزانة

A man is not complete except with four: religiosity, honesty, conservation, and sobriety.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

ليس بأخيك من احتجت إلى مداراته

He is not your brother whoever needs to be accommodated by you.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

علامة الصديق أن يكون لصديق صديقه صديقا

A sign of friend is his being a friend to his friend’s friend.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

من نم لك نم عليك

Whoever gossips for you will also gossip against you.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

التواضع من أخلاق الكرام، والتكبر من شيم اللئام، التواضع يورث المحبة ، والقناعة تورث الراحة

Humility is a part of noble character, and arrogance is the habit of villains. Humility inherits love, and contentment inherits comfort.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

أرفع الناس قدرا من لا يرى قدره وأكثرهم فضلا من لا يرى فضله

The highest people in status are those who do not see their status. And the people who give grace the most are those who do not see their grace.

 

And he رحمه الله said:

ما ضُحِكَ من خطأ رجل إلا ثبت صوابه في قلبه

A man’s mistake was never mocked except that its correction was remembered in his heart.

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