Struggling to learn sacred knowledge?
Al-Rabi’ b. Sulaiman al-Muradi [d.270AH] was the principal transmitter of Imam al-Shafi’i’s writings.
Al-Qaffal [d.365AH] said in his fatawa:
“Al-Rabi’ was slow to understand, so Imam Al-Shafi’i would repeat an individual point in Islamic law [mas’alah] to him forty times, and yet he would not understand. Then, Al-Rabi’ would stand up [to leave the gathering] due to embarrassment so Al-Shafi’i would call him aside to continue repeating the matter in question until he had understood.”
“Al Shafi’i loved him and would say to him, “How beloved you are to me!”, and he said, “Nobody has ever served/assisted me as much as Al-Rabi’ b. Sulaiman.”
Shaikh Sajid Umar