If more than four [students] sat with Abul-’Aaliyah, he would get up and leave.
Is there a difference between the saying of the scholars ‘this is prohibited ( حرام )’ or ‘this is not permissible’ ( لا يجوز )?
I reviewed the Qur.aan with Ibn ‘Abbaas three times. I would stop him at every aayah, and ask him about what it was revealed, and how it was [revealed].
When we had learnt ten aayahs [of the Qur.aan] from the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), we would not move on to the next ten [aayahs] which were revealed after them, until we had learnt what they contained of knowledge.