Inform your family of poverty

Reference: Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa – Volume 8, Page 454

Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah once asked a man:

What is your profession?

He replied: ‘Seeking [knowledge of] hadeeth.’

Sufyaan remarked:

Then give tidings to your family of poverty[1].

Translator’s note:
[1] When your profession is seeking knowledge of hadeeth, then quite possibly you will go broke, because:
• you spend your money on books;
• you travel in search of shorter chains of narration;
• maybe it’s a profession that does not pay well.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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