«…and if they knew what there is [of reward] in the ‘Ishaa and Fajr prayer, they would come to them even if they had to crawl»
I took myself to [emulating] what ar-Rabee’ had narrated about ash-Shaafi’ee, that he would complete [reading] the Qur.aan sixty times during Ramadhaan…
Muhammad ibn Abee Haatim narrates that a man came to Abu ‘Abdillaah al-Bukhaaree and said: ‘O Abaa ‘Abdillaah, such and such has said that you are a disbeliever!!’
When a man narrates to me a hadeeth, I remain silent [to encourage] him – [giving the impression] as if I haven’t heard it [before], even though I [first] heard it before he was even born!
He memorised Soorah al-An’aam in his youth, after he had read it only once.
Do you take this hadeeth O Abaa ‘Abdillaah? So he said: When I narrate an authentic hadeeth on the authority of the Messenger of Allaah and do not adopt it, then I testify to you [all] that I have lost my mind.
[al-Imaam] Maalik would not narrate hadeeth unless he was in a state of purity (wudhoo) out of great respect for the [knowledge of] hadeeth.
For 20 years I have not heard from any man who narrates hadeeth except that I know more about it than him.
I have written [ahaadeeth] from more than 1,000 Shaykhs, and from each one I have [taken] 10,000 ahaadeeth; There is nothing I have except that I recall its isnaad.
I have not heard a man narrate hadeeth except that I know more about it than him; [however] I had forgotten some knowledge if a man was to memorise that he would be an ‘aalim.