Pharmacists & Physicians

October 20, 2014 Comments Off on Pharmacists & Physicians

Imām al-Shāfiʻī (raḥimahullāh) said:

“You scholars of Ḥadīth/Muḥaddithūn are like the pharmacists but we the Jurists/Fuqahāʼ are the physicians.”

Mullā ʻAlī al-Qārī commented on this and said:

“The early scholars said:

The Ḥadīth scholar without knowledge of Fiqh is like a seller of drugs who is no physician: he has them but he does not know what to do with them; and the Fiqh scholar without knowledge of Ḥadīth is like a physician without drugs: he knows what constitutes a remedy, but does not have it available.”

{Muʻtaqad Abī Ḥanifata al-Imām fī Abāway ar-Rasul ʻAlayhis-Ṣalāt was-Salām, pg. 42}

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