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[8] Advice for the seekers of knowledge–when you seek permission to enter…

It is disliked for the student of knowledge that when he seeks permission to (enter the dwelling place of his Shaikh) and thus it is said, ”Who is that? So he says, ”I’ without mentioning his name. (1)

Narrated Jabir Bin Abdillaah (radiyallaahu-anhuma): I came to the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) in order to consult him regarding my father’s debt. When I knocked at the door, he asked, ”Who is that?” I replied, ”I.” He said, ”I”, ”I?” He repeated it as if he disliked it. (2)

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(1) Fadlul Ilm of Shaikh Raslaan. page 305

(2) Hadeeth quoted by Shaikh Raslaan in Fadlul Ilm page 305. Reported by Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullaah) in Kitaab Al-Istisdhaan [The Book of Asking permission; chapter: If someone says, Who is that? And another replies, ”I.” (See Summarized Sahih Al-Bukhaari (Publisher: Darussalaam) Hadeeth Number 2063; page: 968-969]

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