Imam al-Shafi'i In Quest of Knowledge
By Islahee Muhammad Yousuf
Translated and Edted By Abu Asad
Paperback 90 pages
ISBN : 9789670526133
Publisher : Islamic Book Trust (IBT), Malaysia
About The Book
In Quest of Knowledge is the autobiographical account of Imam Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi‘i’s search for knowledge. The story revolves round a son whose sole mission in life is to acquire knowledge, a teacher who lovingly accepts him, and a widow who not only bears with the separation of her only son but also shares his passion for knowledge. Their innate nobility, their ability to suffer for a common cause, their intense love for the Prophet (s) and their infinite trust in Allah give them the dimensions of epic heroes.
The invaluable lesson which Imam al-Shafi‘i’s story teaches, although it may not have been his main objective, is that Allah befriends and watches over anyone who endeavours to acquire religious knowledge with the intention of disseminating it.
The Story is an English Translation of a portion from an Urdu Booklet '
Rah-e-Haq Kay Do Musafir' by Islahee uhammad Yousuf Published by Al-Badr
Publications, Lohore, Pakistan.
No Arabic Sources are mentioned in the booklet and therefore there is no way of
verifying the authenticity of the story, however it is a great lesson for
About Imam Shafi'i
Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Idris al-
Shafi'i was a
descended from the Hashimi family of the Quaraish tribe to which the Holy
Prophet (SAW) belonged.
He was born in Gaza, Palestine, and was raised in
Makkah, his parents' home town. He memorized the holy Qur'an while he was still
a young child. When he reached fifteen, his knowledge was so thorough, Muslim
Ibn Khalid Al-Zinji, the Mufti of Makkah, told him: 'O Abu Abdullah, give fatawa
(religious rulings), for by Allah it is time for you to do so!.
He was active in juridical matters and his
teaching eventually led to the school of fiqh named after him. He was a man of
vast knowledge and authority. Scholars gave him the honorific title 'Father of
Usul Al-Fiqh" (The Patriarch of the Foundation of Islamic Jurisprudence).
Imam Shafi'i died in the Year 204 A.H./ 820 C.E.
and was laid to rest in Egypt.
Read more : A
Brief Biography of Imam Shafi'i (Rah)
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