When Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) was asked about Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee (rahimahullaah), he said: ”Indeed, Allaah (The Blessed and Exalted) conferred blessings by way of him (i.e. Ash-Shaaf’ee). Indeed, we used study the statements of the people (i.e. the scholars) and wrote (from) their books until Ash-Shaafi’ee came to us. So when we heard his statements, we knew that he was more knowledgeable than others. Indeed, we sat with him day and night, and we did not see from him except complete goodness. May Allaah have mercy on him.”

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Source: ‘Seerah As-Salaf As-Saaliheen’ of Al-Asbahaanee (rahimahullaah)

Chapter: A mention of the followers of the followers of the Taa’bi’een 1/1054. (Maktabah Shaamilah)

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