Shafi’i on Fiqh: You must understand religion before leadership

Al-Bayhaqi reported: Al-Shafi’i, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “You must acquire understanding in the religion before assuming leadership. If you assume leadership first, there will be no way to acquire understanding.”

Source: al-Madkhal ilā al-Sunan al-Kubrá 271

عن البيهقي قال الشافعي رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ تَفَقَّهْ قَبْلَ أَنْ تَرَأَّسَ فَإِذَا تَرَأَّسْتَ فَلا سَبِيلَ إِلَى التَّفَقُّهِ

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