Al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee (d.463) said in his book, Al-Jaami' li-Akhlaaq ar-Raawee wa Aadaab as-Saami' (1/78):
Students of ḥadīth must be the most complete of the people in manners, the strongest of the creation in humbleness, the greatest of them in purity and implementation of the Deen, and the least of them in wrecklessness and anger, due to the constant listening they do of reports containing details of the finest characteristics of the Messenger of Allaah (ṣallallāhu alayhe wa sallam) and his manners, and the historical reports of the select Salaf from his household and companions, as well as the ways of the scholars of ḥadīth and the good legacies of those who have passed. They take the most beautiful and best of all that and leave the lowest and least desirable of it.
Shaykh Rabee' ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī said, commenting on this beautiful statement: "This (statement) is to be memorized and implemented!" (1427/8/15)
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