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Start Now! And Start Young!

It is reported that Hishâm b. ‘Urwah said, reporting from his father, ‘Urwah b. Al-Zubayr – Allâh have mercy on him , “He used to say to us when we were youths,

‘Why do you not seek knowledge? Even though [today] you are the youngsters, you are about to be the elders [in the future]. What is the use of being a shaykh when the shaykh is ignorant? Four years before the death of ‘Â`ishah, I would say, if she died today, I would not feel regret about a single hadîth she had, for I had gathered them from her. I would hear that a Companion had a hadîth and would go to him. I might find that he was napping, so I would sit at his door and wait, and then ask him about it [later when he woke].’”

[Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ`, in his biography of ‘Urwah b. Al-Zubayr.]

Note: ‘Urwah b. Al-Zubayr was the son of Al-Zubayr b. Al-‘Awâm and Asmâ bint Abî Bakr, and the nephew of Â`ishah – Allâh be pleased with them all. He studied under her and was regarded as one of the senior scholars of his time. He is one of the famous Seven Jurists.


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