In Quest of Knowledge is the story of Imam MuHammad ibn Idris al-Shafi‘i’s search for knowledge. The story revolves round a son whose sole mission in life is to acquire knowledge, a teacher who lovingly accepts him, and a widow who not only bears with the separation of her only son but also shares his passion for knowledge. Their innate nobility, their ability to suffer for a common cause, their intense love for the Prophet (saw) and
their infinite trust in Allah give them the dimensions of epic heroes.
The invaluable lesson which Imam al-Shafi‘i’s story teaches, although it may not have been his main objective, is that Allah befriends and watches
over anyone who endeavours to acquire religious knowledge with the intention of disseminating it.