Safeguarding Knowledge Through Writing


Imam Al-Shafi’ee said:

“… I was fatherless and my mother couldn’t afford paper for me. When I found a bone, I wrote on it.”

[“Jami’ Bayan-il-‘ilm”, 157]

It is narrated in “Kitab Al-Ilm” of Abu Khaithama:

Anas Ibn Malik (radialahuanhu) used to tell his son: “O my son! Secure knowledge by writing”.

[“Kitab Al-Ilm”, 120]

It is narrated in “Kitab Al-Ilm” of Abu Khaithama:

“I have indeed seen them (people) writing on their palms with stalk reeds in the presence of Al-Baraa”.

[“Kitab Al-Ilm”, 147]

Ash-Sha’bi said:

“If you hear anything, then write it down, even if you have to write it on a wall.”

[“Kitab Al-Ilm”, 146]

Shaykh Nasir Al-Umar wrote:

Jaabir Ibn Abdullah undertook a one month journey to the land Al-Shaam, in order to hear a single hadith from Ibn Unais, which was: “The people will be gathered barefooted, naked, and uncircumcised on the Day of Judgement”.

[“Al-Ilm”, Page 1]

Quotes gathered by Durani

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