I went to this box and found it empty, and at that time I was in desperate need to travel, and this required a sum of money. So I went to the Shaykh and asked him for it, and with all humility and simplicity he said to me…
I do not know
I accompanied Ibn ‘Umar (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhumaa) for 34 months, and [during this time] whenever he was asked a question, he would respond with: I do not know. He then turned to me and said: Do you know what these [people] wanted, they wanted to use our backs as a bridge for themselves to Hell.
Humility even in front of his family
It was reported regarding ar-Rabee’ ib Kuthaym that when a family member would enter his room, he would [hasten to] cover his Qur.aan.