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Imam Shafi’i explains what is true knowledge

Question

Is this statement correctly attributed to Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah)?

ليس العلم ما حفظ، العلم ما نفع

 

Answer

Yes. Imam Abu Nu’aym and Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) have recorded this statement of Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah).

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 9 pg. 123 and Al Madkhal ila ‘Ilmis Sunan, Hadith: 1623)

 

Translation

Knowledge is not what has been memorised, rather true knowledge is that which is beneficial

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar