And this summary compilation is the most beloved of the books to Shaykh al-Albaanee – as mentioned in the book “علماء و مفكرون عرفتهم”.
The first thing with which the student [of knowledge] begins with [is] memorisation of the Qur.aan. Then he memorises a short text from every subject, starting with the most important.
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.