in the Qur'an, Hadith, History
Sufyán b. Sa`íd b. Masrúq al-Thawrí, Abú `Abd Alláh al-Kúfí
[Ta'ríkh Baghdád, al-Kha>íb al-Baghdádí, A<mad b. `Alí b. Thábit, Abú Bakr, Cairo: Maktabat al-Khánjí (14 vols), 1349/1931, vol. 9, p. 252 ]
He was one of the leaders (imám) of Muslims, and one of their great scholars. Scholars are unanimous over his position as an imám due to which he needs no recommendation in the presence of [qualities such as] mastery, accuracy, memorisation of the Qur'án, knowledge, asceticism and piety.
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