Quote … Unquote … no. 19
April 1, 2013 Leave a comment
Beware of being “Father of the handspan”, for it was said: Knowledge is three handspans. Whoever enters the first handspan becomes arrogant; whoever enters the second handspan becomes humbled; and whoever enters into the third handspan knows that he does not know.
Shaikh Bakr bin ‘Abdillah Abū Zaid
Hilyah Tâlib al-‘Ilm, no. 55.
(As found in his al-Majmū’ah al-‘Ilmiyyah, pg. 198; referenced to Tadhkirah as-Sâmi’ wal-Mutakallim, pg. 65)