Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 8, Hadith Number 6 (58).
‘Daar Qutni’ has stated that this incident took place when Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam was ill. For this reason he was assisted by Sayyidina Usaamah bin Zayd Radhiyallahu ‘Anhu. It is possible that it was the time of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam’s illness before his death. This hadith will also be mentioned in the chapter on ‘Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam leaning on something’. Imaam Tirmidhi has written a surprising incident on the sanad (chain of narrators) of this hadith, from which we can gauge the intense love of the muhadditheen for the hadith, and their detachment from this unstable and materialistic world. Muhammad bin AI-Fadl says: “Yahya bin Mu’een (who is a great imaam and scholar of hadith – some ‘ulama have said that he has written ten lakh -100,000- ahaadith with his own hands) asked me as soon as I sat down (when visiting him), about this hadith. I started reciting it to him. He said: ‘I desire you to read it out from your kitaab so that it may be more satisfying”‘ Muhammad bin AI-Fadl says: ‘I stood up to go inside and fetch the kitaab. He caught me by my qamis and said: “First dictate it to me from memory, so that I may write it down. There is no surety of life and death. It is possible I may meet you or Imay not meet you again. You may repeat it from the kitaab later’. Muhammad bin AI-Fadl says: ‘I recited it to him from memory, then brought the kitaab and read it out again from the kitaab’. Allahu Akbar! He did not have that little assurance that either of them would live till he went inside to get a kitaab and return. His love for the hadith was such that he did not even like to wait till the kitaab was brought from inside the room.