Maalik (rahimahullaah) said: Indeed this knowledge is religion, so look to the one you take your religion from.  Indeed I met seventy amongst those who (narrated) saying: ”The messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said” (but) I did take anything from them.  And if one of them was to be put in charge of the public treasury, they would have been found trustworthy, but they were not from the people of this affair (i.e. from the experts in the field of the science of hadeeth)

[Chapter: A mention of those who followed the followers of the companions: Source: Seeratus Salaf As-Saaleh by: Imaam Ismaaeel Bin Muhammad Bin Fadl Al-Asbahaanee (535AH)]

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