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Al-A'mash: One Interesting Character

Al-A'mash: One Interesting Character

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One of the scholars who is most interesting to read about is the Tabi'i Sulayman bin Mihran (died 148 AH), also known as al-A'mash (one who has weak vision). al-A'mash had quite an interesting personality, as he was very pious and knowledgeable while also having a rough, sarcastic attitude that makes one smile constantly while reading through his tarjamah.
One of the scholars who is most interesting to read about is the Tabi'i Sulayman bin Mihran (died 148 AH), also known as al-A'mash (one who has weak vision). al-A'mash had quite an interesting personality, as he was very pious and knowledgeable while also having a rough, sarcastic attitude that makes one smile constantly while reading through his tarjamah.

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 Al-A'mash: One Interesting Character
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One of the scholars who is most interesting to read about is the
Tabi'i
Sulayman bin Mihran (died 148AH), also known as al-A'mash (one who has weak vision). al-A'mash had quite an interestingpersonality, as he was very pious and knowledgeable while also having a rough, sarcastic attitude that makes one smile constantly while reading through his
tarjamah
.Here are some of his funny incidents which have been collected from
'Siyar A'lam an-Nubala" 
(6/419-434) and
'Hilyat al-Awliya" 
(5/54-70):
1 -
al-A'mash went out to some neighbourhood one day, and some people came up to him to ask himregarding
Hadith
. His companions said to him: "Won't you narrate to these poor souls?" al-A'mashreplied: "Who would hang pearls on pigs?"
2 -
Some people came to al-A'mash one day, and he came out of his house to greet them, saying: "Wereit not for the fact that there were people in my house that I hate more than you, I wouldn't have comeout to see you." Abu Dawud al-Ha'ik asked him: "Abu Muhammad, what is your opinion on prayingbehind al-Ha'ik?" al-A'mash replied: "No problem, as long as one doesn't have
wudu' 
." He also asked:"What do you say about accepting his testimony?" al-A'mash replied: "Only if it is accompanied bytestimony from two trustworthy people."
3 -
The governor 'Isa bin Musa sent a notebook along with a thousand
dirham
s to al-A'mash for him towrite down
Hadith
in it. So, al-A'mash wrote:In the Name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful: Say:'He is Allah, One” and sent the book back to him. He sent to him, saying: "Do you think that I don't know any Qur'an?" al-A'mash sent back, saying: "Do you think that I sell
Hadith
?" He kept the moneyfor himself.
4 –
'Abdullah bin Idris said to al-A'mash: "What prevents you from getting a haircut?" He replied: "Thecuppers talk too much." So, he said: "I will bring you to a cupper who will not say a word to you untilhe finishes cutting your hair." He brought him to Junayd, a cupper who was also a
Muhaddith
. So,'Abdullah warned him not to talk to al-A'mash, and he agreed. However, when he had cut half of al-A'mash's hair, he said: "O Abu Muhammad, what is the status of the
hadith
of Habib bin Abi Thabit regarding menstruation?" So, al-A'mash got up, screamed, and ran away, sitting for a month with onlyhalf of his hair cut.
5 -
A knowledgeable man with a long beard came to al-A'mash and asked him a basic question about the prayer. So, al-A'mash turned to us and said: "Look at him! His beard could carry four thousand
ahadith
, and he asks a question that the children in school would ask!"
6 -
It is said that al-A'mash had a son who was very slow, and he told him: "Go buy a rope for us tohang our clothes on." The boy asked: "How long do you want it to be, father?" He replied: "Ten cubitslong." The boy then asked: "How wide do you want it to be?" al-A'mash replied: "As wide as my badluck with you!"
7 -
Husayn bin Waqid was reciting Qur'an to al-A'mash, and asked him: "How do you like myrecitation?" al-A'mash replied: "Better than the recitation of any disbeliever."

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