I met 200 scholars of knowledge, and I have not seen anyone like Ahmad ibn Hanbal.
To meet people with a smile and a welcoming face is indeed from the characteristics of Prophethood, and [something which] is contrary to pride and arrogance, and [instead] a cause for friendship and love.
Some children give their parents gifts, and this is nice, and being good to them, and [a show of] affection [to them] – may Allaah reward them with good.
Keeping away from the hadeeth of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is the root of tribulation! [there was a time when] the student of knowledge would read the [collection of] six books of hadeeth, the Muwatta, and then progress to reading the masaaneed and more.