The Phenomenal Memory of Imam al-Sha’bi [d. 100 AH]

Imam al-Sha’bi [d. 100 AH]– “I have yet to jot black [ink] on white [paper] till this day, and no man has ever narrated a *hadith to me except that I have memorised it, and I did not like for him to repeat it and what I have forgotten from [general] knowledge, if any individual were to just retain [what I merely forgot] then [perhaps] they would be considered a scholar.”

→ Salaah al-Ummah fi ‘Ulooyi’l Himma – 1/179 | al-‘Affaani [Editon: Mu’asasat ar-Risala] | Translated by: Abu Dawūd [Mustafa b. Saalih] al-Hushayshi

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Abi’l Huṣayn said, “I have not seen anyone more learned than al-Sha’bi” he was asked, “Not even Shurayḥ?” – he replied, “You want me to lie… [Abi’l Huṣayn then reiterates] I have not seen anyone more learned than al-Sha’bi.” | Translated by: Abu Dawūd [Mustafa b. Saalih] al-Hushayshi

→ Tarikh Madinat Dimashq – 25/361 | Ibn ‘Asaakir

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