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He who seeks pearls immerses himself in the sea.

Abū ʿAbdullāh Muhammad ibn Idrīs al-Shāfiʿī (28 August 767 — 19 January 820) 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, p. 39

External links[edit]

  • Diwan al-Imam al-shafi'i, (book of poems - al-shafi'i), Dar El-Marefah, Beirut - Lebanon, 2005
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