Islam emphasizes the value of tolerance and mutual respect. That is the wisdom that we can take from a piece of the story from Imam Shafi'i. Not only did he say these values, but he also practiced them.
The difference in perspective and practice in furu'iyyah (fiqh) did not prevent Imam Shafi'i from honoring his predecessor, Imam Abu Hanifah. His position as mujtahid and imam madzhab, did not prevent him from being ethical towards his predecessor, even when his predecessor died.
It was said, one day Imam Shafi'i made a pilgrimage to the tomb of Imam Abu Hanifah. He lived for approximately seven days. At that time, he read Alquran. When he recited it, his reward was presented to Imam Abu Hanifah.
That respect was not only his realization by visiting the tomb and praying for Imam Abu Hanifah, but he also expressed in the way of worship. We can see this from his attitude in the pilgrimage. As long as the Imam Syafi'I resided in the pilgrimage, he left the do'a qunut in his subuh prayer.
Maybe for us this is very strange. As we know, Imam Shafi'i is the Imam of the Syafi'iyyah school. This school of thought believes that praying qunut in the morning prayer is the sunnah muakkad (prioritized), even if someone forgets to do it, he is recommended to prostrate sahwi.
Such a strange feeling, apparently also not only we feel, but also felt by students of Imam Shafi'i. “What is the reason for you not doing the qunut prayer while at his funeral (Imam Abu Hanifah)?” That was the question of one of his students. “Because Imam Abu Hanifa did not circumcise him (prayer qunut) in the morning prayer, then I left him because of taadduban (ethical) to him (Imam Abu Hanifa).” That was the answer of Imam Shafi'i.
That is a piece of the story of Imam Shafi'i which was cited by Syaikhuna Hasyim Asy'ari in the book at-Tibyan. This, while proving that in religion, in addition to formal legal services, there are things that are more principle and prioritized, namely ethics. Imam Syafi'I has practiced and given an example about it. Then, are we still going to continue to encourage and forgive others?
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[Disarikan dari kitab at-Tibyan, karya Syaikhuna K.H. Hasyim Asy’ari]
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