Ibn Qutaibah on the Students of Knowledge of Old
December 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Ibn Qutaibah رحمه الله said, “In the past, a student of knowledge would listen to learn, and learn to act, and gain understanding of the religion in order to benefit himself and others. But now it has become such that they listen in order to [merely] accumulate, and they accumulate in order to be mentioned, and they memorise in order to overcome [others] and boast.”
Ibn Qutaibah said this over one thousand years ago, he passed away in 276 Hijri.
Al-Madkhal al-Mufassal li-Madhhab al-Imaam Ahmad wa Takhrijaat al-Ashaab, vol. 1, p. 13.