Imaam Ahmad’s Praise For Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee


Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal used to say:

“Ash-Shaafi’ee was like the sun for the world and like a pardon for the people.”

Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal supplicated for him in his prayer for the span of forty years, and he used to say about the hadeeth that was related by Aboo Daawood, from the hadeeth of Aboo Hurayrah (ra) from the Prophet (saw),

Verily Allaah sends for this ummah at the end of every 100 years, people who revive their religion for them.” (1)

He said:

” ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdil-’Azeez came at the head of the first century, and Ash’Shaafi’ee came at the head of the second one.”

Footnotes:

(1) Aboo Daawood, Al-Haakim, and Saheeh Sunan Abee Daawood, 3606

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