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I was once told by a Shafei scholar that Imam Ash-Shafei rejected hadith narrated by two Sahaba. I distinctly remember one of them to be Amr ibn Al-Aas, and the second one was Abu Sufiyan or one his sons. I tried to look for references for this claim, but have failed so far.

Is there any truth to this claim?

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This would mean that Imam ash-Shafi-i was guided by his nafs while he is one of the first who recorded rules on how to accept and refuse a hadith. AFAIK Imam ash-Shafi-i was not that "strong" in Hadith sciences (especially in ilm-ar-rijal, even if he was known to have much knowledge in ilm ansab al-'arab=arabic family trees) so he was dependent to some extent to his teachers Imam Malik and Sufyan ibn 'Uyaynah ... and his students like Imam Ahmad! – Medi1Saif Feb 19 at 7:03

Never heard of this. I know Imam Malik rejected many Hadith because they were against the Practices of the people of Medina(at his time). He trusted what he saw with his own 2 eyes above hadith. The other 3 Imams had no choice because they were from from Arabia, in Iraq and many Shia stories were spreading there. Salam.

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Please do not answer a question without knowledge, here qw require answers to have knoledge and answer the question, we also require them to have citations, please edit your answer to add authentic references to back up you answer. – مجاهد Feb 23 '13 at 17:27
Ummm... I didn't give any definite answer. All I said was Malik trusted Medinite practices over hadith. The other 3 were far away in Iraq and may have been influenced by Shia hadith. It's not impossible. – Ali Feb 28 '13 at 0:31
Your statement is very misleading: Imam Malik only rejected ahad Hadiths which were "wordly" i mean something like a sahabi (May Allah be pleased with them) said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said "do such and such" if this was against a practice which was familiar to that what ahl-al Madina did and approved by scholars ... There are many false information about the Maliki school and the so called importance of the practice of people of Medina! If you check this you'll find that the debate between Imam Malik and Imam Laith and the "accusations" of Imam ash-Shafi-i were exaggerated! – Medi1Saif Feb 19 at 6:41

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