Wednesday, November 02, 2016

When in dispute, remember Imam Shafi'e's words of wisdom

It is said that Yunus Ibn 'Abd al-A'ala (a student of al-Imam ash-Shafi'i) differed with his teacher, al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Idrees ash-Shafi'i, over an issue while the imam was delivering a lesson in the mosque. So he angrily got up and went home.
At night, Yunus heard a knock on his door and asked who it was. The one knocking answered, "Muhammad Ibn Idrees!"
Yunus thought of everyone who he knew by that name except the Imam. Upon opening the door, he was shocked to see Imam Shafi'i Rahmatullahi Alayhi.

The Imam said:
"O Yunus! Hundreds of issues unite us, and only one issue divided us?
Don't try to be triumphant in all differences; sometimes, winning hearts is more important than winning situations.
Don't demolish bridges you built and crossed, for you may need them again one day for your return.
Always hate what is wrong, but do not hate the one who errs.
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 the disease, not the patient."
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