Keeping away from the hadeeth of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is the root of tribulation! [there was a time when] the student of knowledge would read the [collection of] six books of hadeeth, the Muwatta, and then progress to reading the masaaneed and more.
In this world, Abu Daawood was created for [the knowledge of] hadeeth, and [as] for the Hereafter, [he was created] for Paradise.
The chain of narration is the weapon of the believer, so if he does not have a weapon, with what will he then fight?
I was asleep [by the Ka’bah] between the [Hajr al-Aswad] corner and the Maqaam [Ibraaheem], and I saw the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), and he said to me…