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He is: Abu Ibraaheem, Ismaa'eel bin Yahyaa, bin Ismaa'eel bin Amr bin Muslim al-Muzanee al-Misree
He is the most prominent student of Imaam ash-Shaafi'ee. His other Shaykhs are Nu'aym bin Hammaad, Alee bin Ma'bad bin Shaddaad al-Basree, and Asbagh bin Naafi'. The small number of his Shaykhs is explained by the fact that he kept very close attachment to his Shaykh, ash-Shaafi'ee, and he did not travel a great deal to the various lands of Islaam, but sufficed himself with the Shaykhs of Egypt (Misr).
Abu Ishaaq ash-Sheeraazee said (as-Siyar of adh-Dhahabi 12/493):
I saw al-Muzanee and I have not seen anyone of greater worship of Allaah than him, and nor more precise in fiqh than him.
Adh-Dhahabi said (as-Siyar 12/492):
The Imaam, the Allaamah, the jurist of the Ummah, the signpost of the ascetics.
And al-Bayhaqi mentions the saying of ash-Shaafi'ee (Manaaqib ash-Shaafi'ee 2/356):
If this one - pointing at al-Muzanee - debated with the Shaytaan, he would have cut him off (in argument)
His students include:
He was born in 175H, the year in which al-Layth bin Sa'd died, and he died in 264H.
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