The Value of Time (in the Lives of the Scholars)
By Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah
Page 11: Abu Yusuf Discussing a Matter of Fiqh on his Death Bed
Abu Yusuf became ill, so I went to visit him, and found him unconscious. When he regained consciousness he said to me: "O Ibrahim, what is your opinion on this matter?" I said to him: "While you are in this state?" He said: "That is fine, let us discuss it, perhaps one may be saved by it."
Then he said: "O Ibrahim which is better in the casting of stones [during pilgrimage], to do so while walking or while mounted?" I said: "Mounted." He said: "Wrong." I said:" "Walking." He said "Wrong." I said: "Say your opinion, may Allah be pleased with you." He said: "As for the case where one stops where one should make supplication, then it is better to do so while walking, but if it is elsewhere then it is better while mounted." Then I left him, and as soon as I reached the door of his house, I heard crying, and he died, may Allah have mercy on him.
Page 44: Imam al-Nawawi Did Not Lie down for Two Years
He is the unique Imam and Scholar of hadith, the master, Shaykh al-Islam, master of the pious ones, Muhyiddin Abu Zakariyya Yahya ibn Sharafiddin ibn Murri al-Hizami al-Hawrani al Shafi'i, the author of many beneficial books. He was born in 631 AH in Nawa, Hawran, came to Damascus in 649 AH, and lived at the Madrasah al-Rawahiyyah eating its bread. He said: "And I remained for two years without my side touching the ground." He memorized al-Tanbih in four and a half months, and read a quarter of al-Mahadhdhab in the remaining months of the year, under his shaykh, Ishaq ibn Ahmad.