What The Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee has Said About The Soofees


Al-Bayhaqee reports in Manaaqib Ash-Shaafi’ee, that Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“If a man becomes a soofee in the first part of the day, by the time Dhuhr comes upon him, you will find him crazy.”

Rabee’ Ibn Sulaimaan reports, I heard Ash-Shaafi’ee say:

“I have never seen a sane soofee except for Muslim Al-Khawas.”

Ibraheem Ibn Mawlid mentions that Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“A soofee cannot be a soofee unless he has four characteristics: (1) he is lazy, (2) he eats too much, (3) he sleeps too much, and (4) he excretes much.”

Ibn Al-Jawzee said in Talbess Iblees (p. 371) that Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“The sanity of a person never returned to the one who remained with a soofee for forty days.”

Imaam Ud-Deen As-Subkee Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“Whoever is from these later generation soofees such as Ibn Al-Arabi and others, then they are misguided, ignorant and outside the path of Islaam, let alone be considered as scholars.”

[See the book “Tanbeeh Al-Ghabi” of Imaam Burhaan Al-Biqaa’ee Ash-Shaafi’ee, p. 68]

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6 Responses to “What The Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee has Said About The Soofees”

  1. Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
    May Allah ta’ala reward you for your efforts and forgive your sins.
    Interesting post. Akhi I remember reading somewhere (I don’t recall the source at the moment) that the term “Sufi” was not known among the first generations, wallahu a’lam.
    I would respectfully like to ask you if you’ve checked the authenticity of the above mentioned quotes, and also if you maybe know when the term “Sufi” came about?
    Jazzakallahu khair ya akhi
    Wasalam

    • Wassalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahatUllaahi wa barakaatuh,

      Regarding the term soofees, shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah has a few words regarding it in his book “The Criterian Between The Friends Of Allaah And The Friends Of Shaytaan”… Though Allaahu ‘alam as I can’t recall whether he said it was an ‘unknown’ terminology during the period of the salaf.

      The term ‘soofee’ came about form the term ‘soof’ which was used to describe the tattered garments worn by those who forsook worldly interests, and the term gradually took on a new meaning…

      InshaaAllaah I’ll have a quick read of the book and get back to you…

  2. i dnt undrstand ths article.
    wt does “sooffee” mean?

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