Imam Shafi’i explains what is true knowledge

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

ليس العلم ما حفظ، العلم ما نفع

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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)



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

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar