Not to accept gifts from the students

Reference: Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa – Volume 7, Page 444

Muhammad ibn al-Hajjaaj said:

There was a man who would listen [together] with us [as we studied] with Hammaad ibn Salamah; he then travelled to China. So when he returned, he gave Hammaad a gift, and Hammaad said to him:

If I accepted it from you, then I will not relate any [more] hadeeth to you; and if I do not accept it from you, then I will [continue to] relate hadeeth to you.

[So the man replied]:

Do not accept it, [I prefer that you continue to] relate [hadeeth] to me.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.