A poem attributed to Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah)

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Is this statement authentically attributed to Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) and the Arabic text of it?

“And from misery is that you love, and [the one] who you love, loves other than you, or that you want good for a person, and he wants to hurt you.”



These words are attributed to Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) in non primary sources.

(Diwan Imam Shafi’i, pg. 51)


I have not come across this in any other source.


Arabic text:

من الشقاوة أن تحب ومن تحب يحب غيرك
أو أن تريد الخير للإنسان وهو يريد ضيرك


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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