None More Knowledgeable Than the Scholar of Madina

Abu Musa al-Ash’ari narrated that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said:

“People will go out from East and West in search of knowledge, and they shall find no one more knowledgeable than the knowledgeable scholar of Madinah.”

{Related by Imam al-Hakim}

Abu Hurayrah who narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“Very soon will people beat the flanks of camels in search of knowledge, and they shall find no one more knowledgeable than the knowledgeable scholar of Madinah.”

{Sunan at-Tirmidhi}

Ibn Uyaynah, the teacher of Imam Shafi and contemporary of Malik said in the commentary of this hadith (tirmidhi cites it in the original arabic matn):

“We thought that this hadith refered to Malik”

he also said :

“It could refer to Umar Ibn Abdul ‘Aziz”

Malik fits the description better, however, and that was the interpretation the ummah took.

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