Reference: Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa – Volume 8, Page 312
Yahyaa al-Wihaathee narrated:
I have not seen a man who was more generous than Ismaa’eel ibn ‘Ayyaash.
When we would visit him at the farm, he would suffice only with [slaughtering] a sheep for us and [some] dried fried dates.
I heard him say: ‘I inherited 4,000 deenaars from my father, and spent it on seeking knowledge.’