Al-Imam Al-Nawawi (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said in ‘Sharh Al-Muhazab’ in the (Chapter of Menstruation):

“As for Al-Awzaai then he is Abu Amr, Abdulrahman ibn Amr. He was from the Kibaar of Tabei Al-Tabi’een, and from among their remarkable Imams. He was the Imam of the People of Shaam during his time, and issued Fatwaas in 70,000 or 80,000 questions”.

Abdurahman ibn Mahdi said as is mentioned in ‘Tahzeeb Al-Nawawi’:

“The Imams in Hadeeth are four: Al-Awzaai, Malik, Sufyan Al-Thawri, and Hammad ibn Zayd”

The first time Al-Awzaai was asked about Fiqh was in the year of 113 of Hijra, and he was only 25 years old at the time. After that, he remained a relied upon reference for Fatwaas throughout his life, until he passed away (May Allah shower him with Mercy).

The School of Al-Awzaai in Fiqh (i.e. his Mazhab) was widespread in the Land of Shaam, as well as in other places. Ibn Katheer (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said: “And the People of Damascus and what surrounded it of Lands were upon his Mazhab for close to Two Hundred and Twenty years”.

From the reasons given for the fading of his Mazhab, compared to the other Mazaahib, was the relative weakness of his students and the activeness of students of the other Schools.

Al-Rabei ibn Sulayman said: I heard Al-Shafiee saying: “I have not seen a man whose Fiqh is well matched with his Hadeeth more than Al-Awzaai”.

… to be continued Insha Allah …

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