Excellent way of Benefiting from Knowledge – Al-Khaleel Ibn Ahmad (rahimahullaah) (d. 175 A.H)

al-Haafiz Aboo `Umar Yoosuf ibn `Abdil-Barr -rahimahullaah- said in his “Jaami` Bayaanil-`Ilm wa Fadlihi”(1/584/no.1001):

“al-Khaleel ibn Ahmad [1] -rahimahullaah- said:

“I never heard anything except that I wrote it down,
and I never wrote anything down except that I memorized it,
and I never memorized anything except that it benefited me” .”


 

[1] He was al-Khaleel ibn Ahmad al-Azdee, al-Faraaheedee, Aboo `Abdir-Rahmaan, al-Basree. The scholar of the language. He compiled the famous dictionary of the Arabic language “al- `Ayn”, and initiated “al-`Arood” (the science of prosody/versification of Arabic poetry). He studied under Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee, `Aasim al-Ahwal, and others. His students included Hammaad ibn Zayd, Seebawayh, and an-Nadr ibn Shumayl. Ibraaheem al-Harbee said:”He was a person of the Sunnah”. He was born in the year 100 H, and died in the year 170 or 175 H. (refs.:”Taqreebut-Tahdheeb”; “Tahdheebut-Tahdheeb”; “Khulaasah Tadhheebil-Kamaal”.]

[Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood ibn Ronald Burbank]
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