Abū ʿAbdullāh Muhammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī (August 767 CE - January 19, 820 CE) was a Palestinian-Arab Muslim theologian, writer, and scholar, who was the first contributor of the principles of Islamic jurisprudence (Uṣūl al-fiqh). Often referred to as 'Shaykh al-Islām', al-Shāfi‘ī was one of the four great Imams, whose legacy on juridical matters and teaching eventually led to the Shafi'i school of fiqh (or Madh'hab).
- He who seeks pearls immerses himself in the sea.
- Diwan al-Imam al-shafi'i, (book of poems - al-shafi'i) p. 100; Dar El-Marefah Beirut - Lebanon 2005
- He said to the effect that no knowledge of Islam can be gained from books of Kalam, as kalam is not from knowledge and that "It is better for a man to spend his whole life doing whatever Allah has prohibited - besides shirk with Allah - rather than spending his whole life involved in kalam.
- Ibn Abi Hatim, Manaaqibush-Shaafi'ee, pg. 39