|Abu ad Darda RA - For the love of Allah SWT|
They travel far away place seeking the sanads of hadith.
Kathir bin Qais narrates: "I was sitting with Saidina Abu Darda RA in a masjid in Damascus, when a person came to him and said:
'O, Abu Darda , I have come all the way from Madinah to learn one Hadith from you, as I understand that you have heard it directly from Nabi SAW"
Saidina Abu Darda RA asked: "Have you any other business in Damascus?"
The person replied: "No”
Saidina Abu Darda RA again asked: "Are you sure that you have no other work in Damascus?"
The person replied: "I have come to this place with the sole purpose of learning this Hadith."
Saidina Abu Darda then replied: "I have heard Nabi SAW saying, 'Allah eases the way to Jannat for one who travels some distance to seek knowledge. The Malaikah spread their wings under his feet and all things in the heavens and earth (even the fish in the water) make Dua for his forgiveness. The greatness of a person possessing knowledge over a person doing worship is as the greatness of the moon over the stars. The Ulama are the inheritors of Ambiya. The inheritance of Ambiya is neither gold nor silver. Their inheritance is knowledge. A person who acquires knowledge acquires a great wealth."
Saidina Abu Darda RA , who was a leader amongst the Sahabah , possessed very sound knowledge in religion. He is called 'Hakim-ul-Ummah' (The Sage of Islam). He once said: "Before Islam, I lived on trade. After accepting Islam, I tried to combine the service of Allah SWT with my business, but I could not do so. I therefore gave up the business and devoted myself solely to the service of Allah SWT. Now if I have a shop at the gate of a masjid and therefore have no fear of losing a single Solah, and even if
the shop gives me a daily profit of 40 dinars to spend the whole amount in the path of Allah SWT, even then I am not willing to turn to business."
Somebody inquired the reason, he replied: "Because of the fear of giving an account on the day of Qiyamah." He used to say: "I love death, so that I may meet Allah . I love poverty, so that I may be humble. I love sickness, so that I may be forgiven by Allah ."
In this story, we find a person traveling all the way from Madinah to Damascus for the sake of one Hadith. This was not at all hard for those people. Sha'abi (Rah-matullahi alaih) is a famous Muhaddith of Kufah. He once narrated a Hadith to one of his students and said: "You are listening to this Hadith while sitting in your home town. People had to travel all the way to Madinah for even less important things, because Madinah was the only seat of learning in those days." Saed ibnul Musayyab (Rahmatullahi alaih) is a famous Taabie. He says: “For each Hadith that I have learnt, I had
to travel on foot for days and nights together."
Al Imam Bukhari RA travel to gain details of hadith.
Imam Bukhari (Rahmatullahi alaih) was born in Shawwal 194 A.H. He started learning Hadith in 205 A.H. i.e., when he was only eleven. He had memorised all the books written byAbdullah bin Mubarak (Rahmatullahi alaih), while he was in his early teens. After collecting Ahaadith from all the learned men of his own locality, he set out in 216 A.H. In search of further knowledge. His father died and he could not leave his widowed mother alone. He therefore took her with him on his long and exhausting journey to Balkh, Baghdad, Makkah, Basra, Kufah, Asqalan, Hims and Damascus.
He collected all the available Ahaadith from these seats of learning. He was accepted as an expert in Hadith, while he had not a single hair on his chin. He writes: “I was eighteen when I compiled the Fatwah of the Sahabah and Tabi'ees." Hashad (Rahmatullahi alaihe) and one of his companions said: "Bukhari and the two of us used to go together to the same teacher. We noted down all the Ahaadith that we learnt, but he wrote nothing. After many days we said to him, 'Bukhari, you are wasting your time.' He kept quiet. When we warned him again and again, he said, 'You are now irritating me too much. Bring your notes.' We brought our notes, which covered about 15,000 Ahaadith. He, to our utter amazement, recited all those Ahaadith by heart."