I do not know

Abdur-Rahmaan ibn Mahdee (rahima-hullaah) mentions:

We were with Maalik Ibn Anas when a man came saying: ‘O Abu ‘Abdullaah, I have travelled a distance of six months. The people of my land sent me to ask you about a matter.’

So he said: ‘Ask!’

So the man asked him some things, so he replied: ‘I do not know’

…and the man thought he had come to someone who knew everything, so he said: ‘What shall I tell the people of my land when I return to them?’

He said: ‘Say to them: Maalik Ibn Anas does not know.’

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