‘Wait until I am aware if preference is in my silence or answering.’


و جلس الشافعي في مجلس علمه فيأتيه سائل, فيسأله في مسألة, فيسكت, فيقول السائل: أ لا تجيب؟ فيسكت: فيسأل السائل, و يقول: أ لا تجيب يرحمك الله؟ فقال الشافعي: انتظر حتى أعلم هل الفضل في سكوتي أم في جوابي

اعلام الموقعين

Imam As-Sha’fi was once sitting in one of his gatherings of knowledge. When a questioner came to him, inquiring about a religious ruling. At this Imam Shaf’i was silent. The questioner asked saying: ‘Will you not answer?’ Yet Imam As-Shaf’i remained in silence. So the questioner thereupon said: ‘Will you not answer? May Allah have mercy upon you.’ Here Imam As-Shaf’i responded: ‘Wait until I am aware if preference is in my silence or answering.’ 

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