Imam Shaafai, the founder of the Shaafai school of thought, was a well travelled scholar and a magnificent teacher. While a youth, he was considered the king of experts in Arabic linguistics. He later achieved mastery in the study of the Quran, Hadith (sayings of the Prophet) and Islamic jurisprudence. His main contribution is his highly original work in determining the bases and guidelines for the principles of jurisprudence. In this he integrated the knowledge of Madinah’s traditionalists with the insights of Iraq’s rationalists.He had a superb memory and extraordinary intellect, often astounding those around him with the brilliance of his insights. His work was and has been much appreciated in the Muslim world, and he is one of the most famous scholars in Muslim history. The Shaafai school of thought is dominant in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and southeast Asia.
A lovely read about Imam Al-Shafi’i
The author did a splendid job of concisely explaining the life of Imam Al-Shafi’i, while touching on the issues and mindset of the period.
I enjoyed the author’s style. This short read is especially invaluable in this time of short attention spans in endearing one to, in my opinion, the finest Scholar of traditional Sunnah based fiqh.
I would love to see this book sponsored for mass printing in paperback