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.
It was not the habit of the Salaf to the time of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his rightly guided Khulafaa…
When Khaalid ibn Ma’daan would sit, none amongst [those who had gathered] was able to mention [anything of] the dunyaa in his presence, out of respect for him.
I have not seen a man commanding so much respect in his gathering, and nor more beautiful in manners and gentleness than Abu Haneefah.