From the beauty of Knowledge

It is reported that Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimahu Allah) said: Al-Shafi’ee saw me sitting in his circle, and there was some ink on my shirt I was trying to hide. He said, “Young man, why are you hiding it? Having ink on ones clothes is a sign of lofty conduct: to the sight it is black, but to the insight it is white (with the light of knowledge).”

It is reported that ‘Abdullah bin Al-Mubarak (rahimahu Allah) said: “Ink on the clothes is the perfume of the scholars.”

– Some put this in verse (from Arabic): The ink-pot’s ink is the perfume of men As saffron is the perfume of women So the former befits the garments of those men As the latter the garments of wives.

It is reported that Imam Ahmad said, seeing the students of hadith approaching with their ink-pots: “These are the lanterns of Islam.”

[Al-Khatib Al-Baghdadi, Al-Jami’ li-Akhlaq Al-Rawi, articles 508, 509, 512]

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