Imam Shafi’i on Tasawwuf

Imam ash-Shafi’i (رحمه الله تعالى) said: I kept the company of the Sufis and I benefited in only two statements from them (and in one narration three statements): “Time is a sword; if you do not cut it, it will cut you.”

And their statement: “If you do not busy yourself with the truth, it will busy you with falsehood.” (1)

And he also said: “Three things were made beloved to me from your world: abandoning affectation, interacting with the creation with gentleness, and conforming to the way (tariq) of the people of tasawwuf.” (2)

Source: (1) Ta’yid al-Haqiqa al-‘Aliyya: Imam al-Suyuti: p15
(2) Kashf al-Khafa’: al-Ajluni 1/341

By “affectation,” here is the Arabic word in Hans Wehr for more definitions


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