Sincerely Famous

Imam Shafi was one of the greatest scholars in human history. But what is most remarkable is the sincerity in which he pursued it all:

“I wish that people could benefit from this knowledge without any of it being associated to me”
(وددت أن الناس انتفعوا بهذا العلم وما نسب الي شيئ منه)
[Ihya Uloom Al-Deen, Book of Knowledge]

“I have never debated anyone wishing that they were wrong, nor have I spoken to anyone except that I hoped that he was favoured, guided and helped, and that he would enjoy the care and keeping of God. Never have I spoken to anybody and paid the slightest attention to whether God manifests the truth through my words or his.”
ما ناظرت أحدا قط فأحببت أن يخطىء، وما كلمت أحدا قط إلا أحببت أن يوفق ويسدد ويعان ويكون عليه رعاية من الله تعالى وحفظ، وما كلمت أحدا قط وأنا أبالي أن يبين الله الحق على لساني أو على لسانه
[Ihya Uloom Al-Deen, Book of Knowledge]

These statements not only indicate the true reasons for why he was studying & teaching, but also his awareness of how damaging the inadvertent consequences of knowledge can be.

We all seek to do good things, but how many of us can claim we do them for the right reasons? How many of us can pray to God that we remain obscure and anonymous for the work we’ve done?

– Taught by our beloved Shaykh Asim Yusuf / Talib al-Habib

When building the grave from Imam Shafi, the great Saladin chose to place a boat in place of the crescent on top of the dome. When asked why, he replied "beneath it lies a sea of knowledge"

When building the grave & mosque of Imam Shafi, the great Saladin chose to place a boat in place of the crescent on top of the dome. When asked why, he replied “beneath it lies a sea of knowledge”

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