Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee (rahimahullaah) said:
“It is necessary that the students of knowledge do their utmost to increase in seeking knowledge; exercising patience in facing every obstacle and having a sincere intention for the sake of Allaah (The Most High) in pursuit of it; for indeed actions are judged by intention. And they should have a fervent desire for Allaah’s Aid and Assistance because good cannot be reached except by the Help of Allaah.”
Zakariyah As-Saajiy (rahimahullaah) said: Ash-Shaafi’ee (rahimahullaah) used to command (one) to study Fiqh and forbid from argumentation in philosophical rhetoric.
[Aqeedah Ash-Shaafi’ee. Page 86]