A Note on al-Qaffal al-Shashi

Posted on: 25 April 2019

Qaffal Shashi is Abu Bakr Muhammad b. Ali. It should be noted that from the Shafis are two Abu Bakr Qaffal’s, the one we have here is usually referred to as Qaffal Shashi, he is the elder. There is also Qaffal Marwazi, who is younger. Marwazi’s mention in the Shafi’s works of furu is much more frequent than al-Shashi. In fact, in Ghazzali’s Wasit, mention is not made of him even once; and in Shirazi’s Muhadhdhab, mention is made of him only once. Thus, the Qaffal referred to in Wasit, for example, is only Qaffal Marwazi. While on the other hand, in the works of Usul, Qaffal Shashi features much more frequently. Shashi was the most learned of his time in the subject of Usul in the geographical locations behind the Jayhun River. He traveled for hadith and took from Ibn Khuzaymah and in Iraq he took from Ibn Jarir al-Tabari. He commentated on Imam Shafi’s Risalah. He passed in 336.