Imam Shafi’i cautions against debating and arguing with everyone

Question

What is the reference for this narration and who is it the statement of?

من إذالة العلم أن تناظر كل من ناظرك وتقاول كل من قاولك

 

Answer

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this as the statement of Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) in his Manaqibush Shafi’i.

Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) said: “It is regarded as a disgrace to knowledge that you debate everyone who debates you and argue with everyone who argues with you.”

(Manaqibush Shafi’i, vol. 2 pg. 151)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar