Quote … Unquote … no. 12
May 18, 2009 Leave a comment
I got this quote from an email one brother sent me, may Allah reward and bless him, and since I haven’t posted anything in quite a while, I thought I’d share it with you folks (sorry for the long period of inactivity on my part; I’ve been preoccupied with worldly matters).
Muhammad bin Ahmad at–Tarsūsî informed me saying, “I heard Muhammad bin Yazîd al-Mustamilî saying a man asked Ahmad bin Hanbal, ‘Do I write down the books of opinion?’ He (i.e., Ahmad) said, ‘Do not do [it]. Upon you are the narrations and the Hadîth.” So the questioner said to him, ‘Surely ‘Abdallah bin al-Mubârak has written them.’ So Ahmad said to him, ‘Ibn al-Mubârak was not revealed from the heaven! Certainly, we were ordered to take knowledge from above.'”
Tabaqât al-Hanâbilah, vol. 2, pg. 392.