Ibn Abd al-Hakim Al-Maliki, May Allah have Mercy on him, said:

I never saw anyone debating Al-Shafi’ee except that I would feel sorry for him [1, 2].

Footnote:

[1] Imam Al-Shafi’ee, May Allah shower him with Mercy, was known for the eloquence of his speech, his strength in debates, and the power of his arguments.

[2] Manaqib Al-Shafi’ee by Al-Bayhaqi (1/209); Fuqahaa Munadillun p. 107

قال ابن عبد الحكم المالكي: ما رأيت أحدا يناظر الشافعي إلا رحمته

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