Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee’s Strict Adherence To Hadeeth

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee’s strict adherence to the hadeeth reached the point that he used to advise his companions to stick to it.

He used to say:

“Stick to the people of hadeeth, since they are the most correct from amongst the people.”

And he said:

“If I see a man from amongst the people of hadeeth, then it is as if I have sen a man from the Companions of the Prophet (saw). May Allaah reward them with good, they preserved the foundations for us, so they have an excellence over us.” (1)

Then he recited the following lines of poetry:

All forms of knowledge besides the Qur’aan are a preoccupation;
Except for hadeeth and knowing the fish of the Religion;
Knowledge is that which contains, ‘He said…’ or ‘He informed us…’
Anything other than that is from the whisperings of the Devil.” (2)


(1) Refer to Al-Bidaayah Wan Nihaayah, 10/254 of Ibn Katheer and Siyar A’laamin Nubulaa’, 10/60 of Adh-Dhahabee.

(2) Al-Bidaayah Wan Nihaayah, 10/256 of Ibn Katheer and Deewaanush Shaafi’ee, p.88

[Creed 107]


One Response to “Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee’s Strict Adherence To Hadeeth”

  1. Barakallaahu feekum! indeed the authentic base is an amazing base!

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