From the right of the father upon his son is that [t]he [son] does not…
And in the gatherings of Ahmad [ibn Hanbal], there would be about 5,000 or more, with about 500 [of them] writing, while the rest would be learning good manners [from him].
[I learnt them] myself. If I see anyone [who is] good, [then] I draw near to him, and if I see anyone [who is] ill-mannered, [then] I keep away from him.
I have not seen anyone resemble the companions of Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) more than al-Hasan al-Basree.