What Is Knowledge? 3 Quotes From The Salaf

Yahyaa Ibn ma’een was asked, “May a man give fatwaa if he possesses 100,000 hadeeth?”

He said, “No.”

I said, “200,000 Hadeeth?”

He said, “No.”

I said, “300,000 Hadeeth?”

He said, “No.”I said, “500,000 Hadeeth?”

He said, “I suspect that it would not suffice him to give fatwaa that he gathered the books mentioned by Yahyaa without his having knowledge of it, examining it, being firmly grounded and precise therein. Knowledge is understanding and comprehension, and knowledge is not in relaying abundance of narrations.”

[Al-Jaami’ Li Akhlaaq Ar-Raawee Wa Aadaab As-Saami’, 2/174]

Al-Asbahaanee said:

“… Knowledge is not relaying an abundance of narrations, but rather it is following it, utilizing it, acting in accordance with it, and compliance to the Companions and the Taabi’een even if he does not have much knowledge.”

[Al-Hujjah Fee Bayaan Al-Mahajjah, 2/438]

Adh-Dhahabee said:

“Knowledge is not relaying an abundance of narrations but it is light that Allaah places in the heart and its condition is following it and fleeing from desires and innovations.”

[Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 13/323]


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