Al-Imam Al-Shafii(Al-I'mām Al-Ŝāf̉i) was born in Gaza and learned the Qur'an as a child. He was sent to the Arabian Desert and lived with an Arab tribe, Hothail, for ten years to master the Arabic language.
In addition to academic pursuits Al-Imam Al-Shafii(Al-I'mām Al-Ŝāf̉i) was a master marksman. He had the ability to shoot ten arrows consecutively without missing the target. Al-Shafii ( Al-Ŝāf̉i)mastered Islamic jurisprudence although he was so young. He was given permission by Muslim Ibn Khalid Al-Zangi to issue religious edicts. Al-Imam Al-Shafii (Al-I'mām Al-Ŝāf̉i)was not satisfied by that, as he heared about the fame of Al-Imam Malik(Al-I'mām Mālίk), so he tried to imitate him.
He was a renowned scholar who wrote many books, such as "The Message" in which he discussed the principles of jurisprudence, and Alo'm "the mother" in which he discussed much the Sciences of Hadith (Hadίŧ)(Prophetic Traditions)and Islamic jurisprudence.