Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel
Is this hadith true, It is reported that Imam Malik said to one of his companions:
Do not leave your house a lot, except for something that you must do. And do not sit in a gathering in which you do not benefit from some knowledge [Al-Qadi ‘Ayyad, Tartib Al-Madarik 2:63]
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.
This is not a hadith. It is a saying attributed to Imam Malik (Allah have mercy on him), who was one of the four great imams of Islamic jurisprudence. He advised one of his companions to be selective about going out and attending gatherings that do not benefit him in terms of knowledge.
The source of the quote is from Tartib al-Madarik by Qadi ‘Ayyad (Allah have mercy on him), who was a famous Maliki jurist and scholar. The book is a collection of biographies of the jurists and scholars of the Maliki school of jurisprudence.
Being Selective about Going Out
It is reported that Imam Malik said to one of his companions:
Do not leave your house a lot, except for something that you must do. And do not sit in a gathering in which you do not benefit from some knowledge. [Qadi Ayyad, Tartib al-Madarik]
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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.
He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.
He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.
He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.