Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751 AH] said, “Allaah ﷻ individuated and specified them [the Companions] with knowledge, understanding, precedence, fiqh about Allaah ﷻ and His Messenger ﷺ, and they were present when the Messenger ﷺ received revelation. They took directly from the Messenger ﷺ, no mediacy between them [directly from the Prophet], and the revelation was in their language – *their language being free from aberration; pure. They would refer back to the Messenger ﷺ [directly] to inquire about [what may have seemed to them] equivocal from the Qur’an or the Sunnah, and the Messenger ﷺ would clarify.
Who has this distinction [from those who came] after them? [**excellence that sets them apart.] and who would share this eminent and noble position with them that they would reserve the right to be followed over the Sahabah?
…and by Allaah, [the difference between] the knowledge of the Companions and the knowledge of those you are set on following [from those after the companions], in virtue, is as great as the respective difference of prominence between them!” *The Companions obvious. being higher.”
→ I’lām al-Muwaqa’in 4/5 | Imam Ibn al-Qayyim [Edition: Dar Ibn al-Jawzi] | Translated by: Abu Dawūd [Mustafa b. Saalih] al-Hushayshi