Our Salaf: Be one of the following if you can
Abu khaythama narrated to us that Ishaaq Ibn Sulaymaan Ar’Raazee said: “I heard Handhala reporting from Awn Ibn Abdillaah, (who) said that he said to Umar Bin Abdil Azeez: “It was said: Be a scholar if you are able. If you are not able (to be a scholar), then be a student of knowledge. If you are not able (to be a student of knowledge or a scholar), then love them. If you do not love them, then do not hate them.” So Umar said: “Subhaanallaah! Indeed Allaah has (facilitated an easy way from unease) for him (I.e. such a person).
[Source: kitaabul Ilm of Abu khaythama: pages 6-7. Narration number 2. with the checking of Imaam Al-Albaanee]