30+ Inspirational quotes by Imam Shafi

Imam Shafi born on 767 AD, in Gaza City and passed away 20 January 820 AD, in Fustat, Egypt was a Muslim jurist, Imam and Islamic scholar of Islamic golden age era. He is also also known Imam al-Shafi.

Some Quotes by imam shafi are as follows:

“True knowledge is that which benefits oneself or others, not information that is merely memorised.” – Imam Shafi

Imam shafi quotes on love

“Don’t love the one who doesn’t love to Allah. If they can leave Allah, they will leave you.” –  Imam Shafi

“You will never be able to please everyone,rather rectify what is between you and Allah and do not care about the people.” – Imam Shafi

“And tire yourself out, because it makes life worth living! I have seen that water stagnates when it stands still, yet when it runs it is sweet and pure.” – Imam Shafi

“If you do ninety-nine things correct, and one thing incorrect, people will ignore the ninety-nine, and spread the one mistake.” – Imam Shafi’i

“If you see a man walking on water and flying in the air, then do not be amazed by him until he demonstrates that he follows the commands of the Book (Quran) and the Sunnah.” – Imam Shafi

“Seek help in speech with silence and in reasoning with reflection.” – Imam Shafi’i

“Follow it (the Sunnah), and do not look sideways at anyone else’s saying.” – Imam Shafi // Means Only Quran is not enough we also need to follow Sunnah along with Quran.

“Fools are those who Debates with ignorants”- Imam Shafi

“Always hate what is wrong, but don’t hate the one who errors. Hate sin with all your heart, but forgive and have mercy on the sinner. Criticize speech, but respect the speaker. Our job is to wipe out disease, not the patient.” – Imam Shafi

Imam Ash-Shafi said;
“I left Baghdad, and I did not leave behind me a man better, having more knowledge, or greater fiqh (understanding), nor having greater taqwaa (piety) than Ahmad Ibn Hanbal.”

“Wealth remains behind on earth while Ibadah accompanies you into the grave.” – Imam Al-Shafi‘i, rahimahullah

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“The sunnahs of the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon him) reach, as well as escape from, every one of us. So whenever I voice my opinion, or formulate a principle, where something contrary to my view exists on the authority of the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon him), then the correct view is what the Messenger of Allah (Peace Be Upon him) has said, and it is my view.” – Imam Shafi

“Every statement on the authority of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon him) is also my view, even if you do not hear it from me.” – Imam Shafi

“If you are on the way towards Allah, then run. if it’s hard for you then jog: even crawl, but never stop or go back.” – Imam Shafi

“If people reflected upon Surāh Al-Asr, it would be enough for them.” – Imam Shafi // Allah says In Quran: (interpretation of the meaning):
“By time, Indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.”- Quran [Sūrah Al-‘Asr 103:1-2-3]

Imam al-Shafi’i remarked, “There is a verse in the Quran that every wrongdoer should be terrified of.” He was asked, “Which verse is that?” He replied, “‘And your Lord never forgets.'” [Surah Maryam; 64]

“Don’t you see that the lion is silent and yet feared, while the dog barks constantly and is despised?” – Imam Shafi’i

“To admonish your brother in private is the advise him and improve him. But to admonish     him publicly is to disgrace and shame him.” – imam Shafi

“Increase in worship before your responsibilities increase. Then you won’t have time to worship as much.” – Imām Shāfi’ī

“Knowledge is not measured by how much is memorized, but rather by how much it is acted on” – Imām Shāfi’ī

“When the foolish one speaks, do not reply to him, for better than a response (to him) is silence, and if you speak to him you have aided him, and if you left him (with no reply) in extreme sadness he dies.” – Imām Shāfi’ī

“The more I learn; the more I learn of my ignorance.” – Imām Shāfi’ī

“If you focused all your efforts into pleasing people, you’d never succeed, so be sincere to Allaah in your actions and intentions.” — Imam Shafi’i,

Imam Shafi’i (ra) says: “When I arrived in Madinah, I saw the reverence and awe that Imam Malik (ra) commanded. This increased my respect for him to an extent that…”

Imām Shāfi‘ī was asked why he carried a cane even though he was healthy. “To remind myself that I’m a traveller.”

“When you correct a fool, he will hate you. When you correct a wise man, he will appreciate you.” – Imām Shāfi’ī

“My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me.” – Imam Shafi’i

“The Dua made at Tahajjud is like an arrow which does not miss its target.” – Imam Shafi’i

“Despair not from your Lords blessings, If He had wished that you reach the hellfire eternally, He would not have inspired your heart towards Him.” — Imam Shafi’i

“Be hard on yourself, easy on others.” — Imam Shafi’i

“Let not your tongue mention the shame of
another, for you yourself are covered in shame
and all men have tongues – Imam Shafi’i
If you don’t keep it busy with truth, it will keep you busy with falsehood..” – Imam Shafi’i
Words of wisdom and this is dunyah everything one day will vanish
“No sadness lasts forever nor any happiness.” – Imām Shāfi‘ī

“Some people have passed away, but their character has kept them alive, others are alive, but their character has killed them.” — Imam Shafi’i (Rahimahullah, LORD have mercy on him)

“Knowledge without action is arrogance.” –Imam Shafi’i

“If you have a friend who helps you to obey Allaah, hold onto him.” -Imām Shāfi’ī

“I’ve learned that several people experienced acceptance of their du’as at the times of iqamah and when it rains”
— Imam Shafi’i, Kitab al-Umm (v. 2, p. 554, no. 591-592)

“Nobility has four pillars: good character, generosity, humility, and piety” – Imam Shafi’i

“The first squeeze of the Grave will make you forget every warm hug you had in your life.” – IMAM SHAFI’I

“My silence towards the idiot is indeed an answer.” (Imam Shafi’i)

“Seek understanding before you lead. When you lead, then there is no way to seek understanding.” – Imam Shafi’i

‘Hate the sin with all your heart, but show compassion and mercy towards the sinner’.” – Imam Shafi’i

“My sin burdened me heavily. But when I measured it against Your Grace, O Lord, Your forgiveness came out greater.” – Imam Shafi’i

“If you don’t occupy your soul with the truth, it will occupy you with falsehood!” — Imam Shafi’i

“Time is like a sword, If you don’t cut it, it will cut you.” – Imam Shafi’i

Imam Shafi’i said: “Whoever gossips with you (about others) will also gossip about you (to others).” – Siyar a’lam an-Nubala (Dhahabi)