in the Qur'an, Hadith, History
Al-Nawawi, Muhyi al-Din Yahya b. Sharaf al-Din b. Hasan, Abu Zakariyya al-Shafi`i
[Glossary of Islamic Terms, Aisha Abdurrahman al-Tarjumanah Bewley, London: Ta-Ha Publishers, 1418/1998, pp. 109-110 ]
Yahya ibn Sharaf, Abu Zakariyya, born in the village of Nawa on the Horan Plain of southern Syria in 631/1233. He was the Imam of the later Shafi`ites and wrote many books: Minhaj al-Talibin, Kitab al-Adhkar, Riyad al-Salihin and other books. He lived very simply. After twenty-seven years in Damascus, he returned home and died at the age of 44 in 676/1277.
[Tabaqat al-Huffaz, al-Suyuti, Jalal al-Din `Abd al-Rahman b. Kamal al-Din Abi Bakr, al-Shafi`i, Cairo (?): Maktabah Wahbah, , p. 510 (or check index) ]
[al-Ghadir fi al-kitab wa'l-sunnah wa'l-adab, al-Amini, `Abd al-Husayn Ahmad al-Tabrizi al-Najafi, Beirut: Mu'assasat al-A`lami (11 vols), 1414 AH/1994 CE, vol. 1, p. 157 ]
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