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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Layth bin Sa’d al-Misri



Name:

الليث بن سعد بن عبد الرحمن الفهمى ، أبو الحارث المصرى ، مولى عبد الرحمن بن خالد بن مسافر

Al-Layth bin Sa’d bin Abdur Rahmaan al-Fahmi, Abu al-Haarith al-Misri, Mawla Abdur Rahmaan bin Khaalid al-Musaafir

Tabaqah: 7 - From the Major Taba Taabi'een

Birth: Sha’baan, 94 A.H in Qarqashandah – a village twenty-two kilometers from Fustaat, Egypt. His origin goes back to Esfehaan, Persia (nowadays Iraan)

Death: Friday the Fifteenth of Sha’baan 174 A.H. He was buried in Cairo.

Narrated by: Al-Bukhaari Muslim Abu Dawood Tirmidhi Nasaa'ee Ibn Maajah

Teachers: Naafi' Mawla Ibn Umar, 'Abdullah bin 'Ubaydullah bin Abi Mulaykah, Yazeed bin Abi Habeeb, Yahya bin Sa'eed al-Ansaari, 'Abd Rabbih bin Sa'eed bin Qays bin 'Amr, Muhammad bin Ajlaan al-Madani, Ibn Shihaab Az-Zuhri, Hishaam bin 'Urwah, 'Ata bin Abi Ribaah, Bukayr bin 'Abdullah bin al-Ashaj, Haarith bin Ya’qoob bin Tha’labah, Zuhrah bin Ma'bad bin 'Abdullah, Sa'eed bin Abi Sa'eed al-Maqburi, Abu az-Zinaad Abdullah bin Zakwaan, 'Abdur Rahmaan bin al-Qaasim, Qataadah bin Di’aamah, 'Abdullah bin 'Umar bin Hafs bin 'Aasim, Moosa bin 'Ali bin Ribaah, Yazeed bin 'Abdullah bin Usaamah bin al-Haad, Muhammad bin Muslim bin Tadrus, Ibrahim bin Abi Ablah, Ayyoob bin Moosa bin 'Amr bin Sa'eed, Ibrahim bin Nushayt, Ja'far bin Rabee’ah bin Sharjeel, 'Ubaydullah bin Abi Ja'far, Hakeem bin Abdullah bin Qays, Hunayn bin Abi Hakeem, Hasan bin Thawbaan bin 'Aamir, Khaalid bin Yazeed, Khaalid bin Abi 'Imraan, Jabar bin Nu’aym, Sa'eed bin Yazeed al-Humayri, Katheer bin Farqad al-Madani, Mu’aawiyah bin Saalih bin Hudayr, Safwaan bin Sulaym al-Madani, Yahya bin Ayyoob Al-Misri, Uqayl bin Khalid bin 'Aqeel, Yoonus bin Yazeed bin Abi al-Nijaad al-Aylee, Najeeh bin Abdur Rahmaan Abu Ma’shar, 'Umayrah bin Abi Naajiyah, 'Abdul 'Aziz bin 'Abdullah bin Abi Salamah al-Maajishoon, Abdul Malik bin Jurayj, Abu az-Zubayr al-Makki, and others.

Students: Shu’ayb bin al-Layth bin Sa’d, Muhammad bin Ajlaan al-Madani, Hishaam bin Sa'd al-Madani, (He is also from his Shuyookh), 'Abdullah bin Lahee’ah bin 'Uqbah, Hushaym bin Bushayr bin al-Qaasim, Qays bin ar-Rabee' al-'Asdi, Ataaf bin Khaalid bin 'Abdullah al-Makhzoomi, 'Abdullah bin al-Mubarak, 'Abdullah bin Wahb, Marwaan bin Muhammad bin Hisaan at-Taatri, Haashim bin al-Qaasim bin Muslim al-Laythi, Al-Waleed bin Muslim, Ya’qoob bin Ibrahim bin Sa'd, Yoonus bin Muhammad bin Muslim, Yahya bin Ishaaq, Ali bin Nasr al-Jahdami al-Kabeer, Mansoor bin Salamah bin 'Abdul 'Azeez, Abu al-‘Alaa al-Hasan bin Sawaar, Hujayn bin al-Muthanna, 'Abdullah bin Naafi' al-Saa'igh, 'Abdur Rahmaan bin Ghazwaan, Abu Saalih Abdullah bin Saalih, Bishr bin as-Sari, Shabaabah bin Sawaar, 'Abdullah bin Yahya al-Burullusi, Hajjaaj bin Muhammad al-Masseesi, Zayd bin Yahya bin 'Ubayd, Ash-hab bin 'Abdul 'Azeez, Dawood bin Mansoor al-Nasaa’ee, Sa'eed bin Sulemaan al-Waasiti, Adam bin Abi Iyaas, Sa'eed bin al-Hakam bin Abi Maryam, Sa'eed bin Sharjeel al-Kindi, Sa'eed bin Katheer bin Ufayr, 'Abdullah bin Yusuf al-Tinneesi, 'Abdullah bin Yazeed al-Muqri, 'Ali bin 'Ayyaash, 'Amr bin Khalid al-Harraani, 'Amr bin al-Rabi' bin Taariq, Hishaam bin 'Abdul Malik al-Tiyaalsi, Yahya bin 'Abdullah bin Bukayr, Abdullah bin Maslamah al-Qa’nabi Qaasim bin Katheer al-Iskandaraani, Ahmed bin 'Abdullah bin Yoonus, Qutaybah bin Sa'eed al-Balkhi, Muhammad bin Rumh bin al-Muhaajir, Muhammad bin al-Haarith bin Raashid, Abu al-Jahm al-‘Alaa bin Moosa, 'Eesa bin Hammaad bin Zaghbah, and others.

Status: Thiqah Thabat Faqeeh Imaam

Opinions of Ahl ul-Jarh wat Ta’deel:

Those who praised him:

1-    Imaam Muhammad bin Sa’d (D. 230) said:

وكان ثقة كثير الحديث صحيحه وكان قد استقل بالفتوى في زمانه بمصر وكان سريًا من الرجال نبيلًا سخيًا له ضيافة
“He was Thiqah, having numerous authentic ahaadeeth, he was a permanent Mufti of Misr in his era; he was one of the generous of men, noble, bounteous and hospitable”
[ Tabaqaat al-Kubra by Ibn Sa'd (7/358)]

2-    Imaam Yahya bin Ma’een (D. 233) said:

ثِقَة صَدُوق
“Thiqah Sadooq”
[ Min Kalaam Abi Zakariyyah Yahya bin Ma’een fi ar-Rijaal (1/115, 1/97)]

Abbaas ad-Dauri asked Imaam Yahya bin Ma’een as to who among Layth bin Sa’d and Ibn Abi Dhi’b is more Thabat in narrating from Sa’eed al-Maqburi, so he replied:

كلاهما ثبت
“They both are Thabat”
[Taareekh Ibn Ma’een by Ad-Dauri (3/246)]

Imaam Ibn Ma’een also said:

ليث بن سعد أثبت في يزيد بن أبي حبيب من محمد بن إسحاق
“Layth bin Sa’d is more Thabat in narrating from Yazeed bin Abi Habeeb than Muhammad bin Ishaaq”
[Taareekh Ibn Ma’een by Ad-Dauri (4/466)]

In another narration, Imaam Ibn Ma’een was asked ‘Is Layth more beloved to you or Yahya bin Ayyoob?’, he replied:

الليث أحب إلي ويحيى ثقة
“Layth is more beloved to me, and Yahya is also Thiqah”
[Taareekh Baghdaad (13/13), Chain Hasan]

In the same narration, he was asked: “How is his hadeeth from Naafi?” he replied:

صالح ثقة
“Saalih Thiqah”
[Ibid]

3-    Imaam Ali bin Abdullah al-Madeeni (D. 234) said:

الليث بن سعد ثبت
“Layth bin Sa’d is Thabat”
[ Al-Jarh wat Ta'deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (7/179), Chain Saheeh]

4-    Imaam Ahmed bin Hanbal (D. 241) said:

أصح الناس حديثًا عن سعيد المقبري ليث بن سعد
“The most accurate of people in narrating from Sa’eed al-Maqburi is Layth bin Sa’d”
[ Al-Ilal wa Ma'rifat ur-Rijaal by Ahmed, narrated by Abdullah (602)]

He also said:

الليث بن سعد، كثير العلم، صحيح الحديث
“Layth bin Sa’d had profound knowledge, and his hadeeth is Saheeh”
[Al-Jarh wat Ta’deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (7/179), Chain Saheeh & Al-Ma’rifah wal Taareekh by Ya’qoob bin Sufyaan (2/139)]

Ahmed bin Sa’d az-Zuhri asked Imaam Ahmed about Layth bin Sa’d, so he said:

ثقة ثبت
“He is Thiqah Thabat”
[Taareekh Baghdaad (13/12), Chain Hasan]

He also said:

ما في هؤلاء المصريين أثبت من الليث بن سعد لا عمرو بن الحارث ولا أحد
“There is no one among these people of Egypt more Thabat than Layth bin Sa’d, not even Amr bin al-Haarith or anyone else”
[Al-Jarh wat Ta’deel (7/179), Taareekh Baghdaad (13/12), Chain Hasan]

5-    Imaam Amr bin Ali al-Fallaas (D. 249) said:

كان الليث بن سعد صدوقا
“Layth bin Sa’d was Truthful”
[ Al-Jarh wat Ta'deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (7/179)]

6-    Imaam Muhammad bin Ismaa’eel al-Bukhaari (D. 256) narrated hundreds of narrations from him in his Saheeh

7-    Imaam Muslim bin al-Hajjaaj al-Neesaaboori (D. 261) narrated hundreds of narrations from him in his Saheeh

8-    Imaam Abu al-Hasan al-Ijlee (D. 261) said:

ثقة
“Thiqah”
[ Ath-Thiqaat by al-Ijlee (1/399)]

9-    Imaam Abu Zur’ah ar-Raazi (D. 264) was asked about Layth by Ibn Abi Haatim, so he said:

صدوق
“He was Sadooq”
Ibn Abi Haatim then asked: “Is Hujjah to be taken from his Hadeeth”, Imaam Abu Zur’ah replied:
“O, By my Life (Yes)”
[ Al-Jarh wat Ta'deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (7/180)]

10-          Imaam Abu Haatim ar-Raazi (D. 275) said:

ثقة
“Thiqah”
[ Al-Jarh wat Ta'deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (2/102)]

Imaam Abu Haatim also said:

الليث بن سعد احب إلى من المفضل بن فضالة المصري
“Al-Layth bin Sa’d is more beloved to me than Al-Mufaddal bin Fadaalah al-Misri”
[ Al-Jarh wat Ta'deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (7/180)]

11-          Imaam Abu Muhammad Abdullah bin Muslim bin Qutaybah ad-Daynawari (D. 276) said:

وكان ثقة سريّا سخيّا
“He was Thiqah, generous, and bounteous”
[ Al-Ma’aarif by ad-Daynawari (1/506)]

12-          Imaam Abu Eesa at-Tirmidhi (D. 279) authenticated numerous narrations of Layth in Sunan at-Tirmidhi

13-          It is said that Imaam Al-Nasaa’ee (D. 303) said:

ثقة
“He is Thiqah”
[ Taareekh Baghdaad by al-Khateeb (13/14), Chain Weak]

14-          Imaam Abu Hafs Umar bin Shaaheen (D. 385) mentioned him in Ath-Thiqaat (1/196)

15-          Imaam Abu Bakr al-Bazzaar (D. 313) authenticated one of his ahaadeeth, saying:

وَإِسْنَادُهُ حَسَنٌ
“Its chain is Hasan”
[ Musnad al-Bazzaar (1/195)]

16-          Imaam Ibn Khuzaymah (D. 311) narrated several narrations from him in his Saheeh
[See, H. 643, 653, 776, 1116, 1495, 1984, 2254, 2358, 2444, 2451, 2555, 2641 etc]

In one narration, he specifically said:

هَذَا الْخَبَرُ خَبَرُ ثَوْبَانَ عِنْدِي صَحِيحٌ فِي هَذَا الْإِسْنَادِ
“This report of Thawbaan is Saheeh with regard to its chain according to us”
[H. 1984]

17-          Imaam Ibn Hibbaan (D. 354) narrated numerous narrations from him in his Saheeh.

Imaam Ibn Hibbaan also mentioned him in ath-Thiqaat and said:

وَكَانَ رَحْمَة اللَّه عَلَيْهِ من سَادَات أهل زَمَانه فقها وعلما وورعا وفضلا وسخاء
“And he – may Allaah have mercy upon him – was from the masters of his era in Fiqh, knowledge, righteousness, virtuousness, and bounteousness”
[ 7/361]

18-          Imaam Abu al-Hasan ad-Daaraqutni (D. 385) said:

الليث وابن وهب ثقتان، متقنان، صاحبا كتاب
“Layth and Ibn Wahb both are Thiqah Mutqin, and they both were men of book”
[ Al-Ilzaamaat wal Tatabbu (P. 355)]

In the same book, he said:

الليث وابن وهب أحفظ من سليمان بن بلال، ومن طلحة بن يحيى
“Layth and Ibn Wahb are bigger Haafidh than Sulemaan bin Bilaal and Talhah bin Yahya”
[P. 354]

In another place, he said:

ثقة
“He is Thiqah”
[Sunan ad-Daaraqutni (P. 305)]

At another place, he said:

الليث من أثبت الناس في حديث سعيد المقبري
“Layth is the most Thabat of people in the hadeeth of Sa’eed al-Maqburi”
[Al-Ilal by ad-Daaraqutni (6/139)]

19-          Imaam Abu Abdullah al-Haakim al-Neesaaboori (D. 405) authenticated several of his narrations in Al-Mustadrak, and in one place, he said:

وَاتَّفَقَا جَمِيعًا عَلَى الِاحْتِجَاجِ بِحَدِيثِ اللَّيْثِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ، عَنْ عَيَّاشِ بْنِ عَبَّاسٍ الْقِتْبَانِيِّ وَهَذَا إِسْنَادٌ مِصْرِيٌّ صَحِيحٌ وَلَا يَحْفَظُ لَهُ عِلَّةٌ
“Everyone is unanimously agreed upon taking evidence from the hadeeth of Layth bin Sa’d from Ayyaash bin Abbaas al-Qitbaani, and this Egyptian chain (i.e. of Layth bin Sa’d) is Saheeh, there is no defect preserved for this chain”
[ Al-Mustadrak Ala as-Saheehayn by al-Haakim (1/44 H. 4) Dhahabi followed him]

At another place, he said about a chain of a hadeeth that:

«هَذَا حَدِيثٌ رُوَاتُهُ مِصْرِيُّونُ ثِقَاتٌ»
“The narrators of this hadeeth are all from Egypt and are Thiqah”
[H. 767]

20-          Imaam Abu Bakr al-Bayhaqi (D. 458) said:

هو من الحفاظ الأثبات الفقهاء
“He was from the Thabat Huffaadh and Fuqaha”
[ Al-Qira’ah Khalf al-Imaam by al-Bayhaqi (141)]

21-          Haafidh Ibn al-Jawzee (D. 597) said:

وكان فقيها فاضلا ثقة جوادا، يحفظ القرآن ويعرف الحديث والعربية أوالشعر
“He was a Faqeeh virtuous and generous person; he memorized the Qur’aan, became well-versed with the Hadeeth and the Arabic Language or the poetry”
[ Al-Muntazim by Ibn al-Jawzee (9/13)]

22-          Haafidh Ibn Khalkaan (D. 681) said:

وكان ثقة سريا سخيا
“He was Thiqah, noble and bounteous”
[Wafiyaat al-A’yaan (4/127)]

23-          Imaam Shams ud-Deen adh-Dhahabi (D. 748) said:

الإمام الحافظ شيخ الديار المصرية وعالمها ورئيسها.... مناقب الليث عديدة وهو إمام حجة كثيرة التصانيف
“He is al-Imaam al-Haafidh, Shaykh of Egypt, its Scholar and its leader…. The virtues of Layth are numerous and he is Imaam Hujjah, he has authored several books”
[ Tadhkirat al-Huffaadh by Dhahabi (1/164-165)]

At another place, he said:

وكان إماماً ثقة حجةً رفيعاً واسع العلم سخياً جواداً محتشماً
“He was Imaam Thiqah Hujjah, high ranked, vastly knowledgeable, bounteous, generous, and bashful”
[Al-Abar (1/206)]

At another place, he said:

الإمام، الحافظ، شيخ الإسلام، وعالم الديار المِصْرِيَّةِ
“He is al-Imaam al-Haafidh Shaykh ul-Islaam and the Scholar of Egypt”
[Siyar A’laam al-Nabula (7/204)]

At another place, he said:

أحد الاعلام والائمة الاثبات ثقة حجة بلا نزاع
 “He was one of the prominent figures, and one of the Thiqah Thabat A’immah, he is Hujjah without any dispute”
[Meezaan al-I’tidaal (3/423)]

At another place, he said:

الإمام ، ثبت من نظراء مالك
“He is Imaam, Thabat – from the peers of Maalik”
[Al-Kaashif (2/152)]

24-          Haafidh Ibn al-Mulaqqin (D. 804) said:

اللَّيْث بن سعد من ثِقَات أَصْحَاب الزُّهْرِيّ
“Layth bin Sa’d is from the Thiqah companions of Zuhri”
[ Al-Badar al-Muneer by Ibn al-Mulaqqin (5/242)]

25-          Haafidh Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaani (D. 852) said:

ثقة ثبت فقيه إمام مشهور
“He is Thiqah Thabat Faqeeh, famous Imaam”
[ Taqreeb at-Tahdheeb by Ibn Hajar (5684)]

26-          Haafidh Shihaab ud-Deen al-Busayri (D. 840) authenticated his hadeeth saying:

هَذَا إِسْنَاد صَحِيح رِجَاله ثِقَات
“This chain is Saheeh; its narrators are all Thiqah”
[ Misbaah uz-Zajaajah (3/106)]

Those who criticized him:

None!

Maraseel of Imaam Layth:

The following is extracted from the book “Al-Maraseel” of Ibn Abi Haatim.

Yahya bin Bukayr said that Al-Layth bin Sa’d neither heard from Mishrah bin Haa’aan nor did he narrate from him. However, Haafidh al-‘Alaa’ee said: He did narrate from Mishrah.

Imaam Abu Zur’ah ar-Raazi was asked whether Layth bin Sa’d heard from Abdur Rahmaan al-A’raj or not? He replied: He met him but he did not hear anything from him.

Ibn Wahb said that Al-Layth bin Sa’d said: I did not hear from Ubaydullah bin Abi Ja’far. It was only a Saheefah that he wrote to me.

And similarly, the scribe of Imaam Layth, Abdullah bin Saalih said that the narration of Layth from Abdullah al-Umri is from a book.

Imaam Salaah ud-Deen al-‘Alaa’ee said: “Certainly writing is also one of the forms of taking narrations, therefore, there is no Irsaal in these two places”
[Jaami at-Tahseel (1/260)]

His Knowledge and Fiqh:

1-    Imaam Abdullah bin Wahb (D. 197) said:

لولا مالك بْن أنس، والليث بْن سعد هلكت، كنت أظن أن كل ما جَاءَ عَنِ النَّبِيّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يفعل به
“Were it not for Maalik bin Anas and Layth bin Sa’d, I would have perished. I assume everything that is narrated from the Prophet (peace be upon him) was acted upon by him”
[Taareekh Baghdaad (8/13), Chain Saheeh]

2-    Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee (D. 204) said:

«كَانَ اللَّيْثُ بْنُ سَعْدٍ أَفْقَهَ مِنْ مَالِكِ بْنِ أَنَسٍ إِلَّا أَنَّهُ ضَيَّعَهُ أَصْحَابُهُ»
“Layth bin Sa’d was a bigger Faqeeh than Maalik bin Anas except that his students failed to convey his teachings”
[Tabaqaat al-Muhadditheen by Abu ash-Shaykh al-Asbahaani (1/406), Chain Saheeh]

Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee also said:

مَا اشْتَدَّ عَلَيَّ فَوْتُ أَحَدٍ مِنَ الْعُلَمَاءِ مِثْلَ فَوْتِ ابْنِ أَبِي ذِئْبٍ، وَاللَّيْثِ بْنِ سَعْدٍ
“No one’s death from the Scholars has been more tough for me like the death of Ibn Abi Dhi’b, and Layth bin Sa’d”
[Aadaab ash-Shaafi’ee by Ibn Abi Haatim (1/23), Chain Saheeh]

Imaam Ibn Abi Haatim said, I mentioned this to my Father (Abu Haatim ar-Raazi), he said:

مَا ظَنَنْتُ أَنَّهُ أدْرَكَهُمَا حَتَّى يَأْسَفَ عَلَيْهِمَا
“I do not think that he (i.e. Shaafi’ee) met both of them that is why he regrets on (not meeting) them”
[Ibid]

3-    Imaam Yahya bin Abdullah bin Bukayr (D. 231) said:

الليث افقه من مالك ولكن كانت الحظوة لمالك
“Layth was a bigger Faqeeh than Maalik (bin Anas), but Maalik received (more popularity and) respect”
[Al-Jarh wat Ta’deel by Ibn Abi Haatim (7/180), Chain Saheeh]

4-    Imaam Abu Ya’la al-Khaleeli said:

إِمَامُ وَقْتِهِ بِلَا مُدَافَعَةٍ
“(Layth bin Sa’d) was the Imaam of his era, no doubt”
[Al-Irshaad (1/201)]

5-    Imaam Khateeb al-Baghdaadi (D. 463) said:

فقيه أهل مصر
“He is the Faqeeh of the people of Egypt”
[ Taareekh Baghdaad by al-Khateeb (4/13)]

6-    Imaam Ibn Hibbaan said:

وَكَانَ رَحْمَة اللَّه عَلَيْهِ من سَادَات أهل زَمَانه فقها وعلما وورعا وفضلا وسخاء
“And he – may Allaah have mercy upon him – was from the masters of his era in Fiqh, knowledge, righteousness, virtuousness, and bounteousness”
[ Ath-Thiqaat (7/361)]

7-    Imaam Nawawi said:

وأجمع العلماء على جلالته، وإمامته، وعلو مرتبته فى الفقه والحديث وهو إمام أهل مصر فى زمانه
“The Scholars have unanimously agreed upon his sublimity, his Imaamah, his elevated rank in Fiqh and Hadeeth; and he was the Imaam of the people of Egypt in his era”
[Tahdheeb al-Asmaa wal Lughaat (2/74)]

8-    Allaamah Ibn Khalkaan said:

إمام أهل مصر في الفقه والحديث
“He was the Imaam of the people of Misr in Fiqh and Hadeeth”
[Wafiyaat Al-A’yaan (4/127)]

9-    Haafidh Dhahabi said:

الإمام، الحافظ، شيخ الإسلام، وعالم الديار المِصْرِيَّةِ
“He is al-Imaam al-Haafidh Shaykh ul-Islaam and the Scholar of Egypt”
[Siyar A’laam al-Nabula (7/204)]


The Imaam’s sessions:

After spending long years acquiring knowledge, Imaam Al-Layth was prominent among his contemporary scholars as a genius jurist and a most trustworthy narrator of Prophetic Hadeeths. He started a class in his mosque to teach people. A short period later, he became very famous and students from everywhere came to learn from him. Thus he ended up having four sessions every day:

1-    A session for discussing the practices of the Sultan of Egypt. Imaam Al-Layth Ibn Sa'd attained a high rank and  prestigious standing in the sight of the `Abbasid Caliphs to the extent that if the Sultan or the Judge of Egypt committed any wrong, Al-Layth would write to the Emir of the Believers who, in turn, would depose them.

2-    A class for teaching the noble Prophetic Hadeeths

3-    A class for answering people's religious questions

4-    A session for fulfilling the requests of the poor and the needy. The Imaam,  may Allaah have mercy on him, never turned down any request for help.

[Taareekh Baghdaad (13/10)]

The Character of the Imaam:

Imaam Al-Layth Ibn Sa'd was an authentic narrator of Prophetic Hadeeths and a talented jurist. He was known for his piety, asceticism, and generosity. The Imaam was one of the wealthy scholars. His son Shu'ayb and Qutaybah bin Sa’eed said that his annual income was between twenty and twenty five thousand Deenaars (golden coins). He used to spend all this money in the cause of Allaah. He was never liable to pay Zakaah, simply because he would spend all his money before the year had passed.
[Taareekh Baghdaad (13/9, 13/11), Chain Saheeh]

Imaam Al-Layth used to give out charity to three hundred needy people every day. He never ate his food except in the company of people.
[Taareekh Baghdaad (13/10), Chain Saheeh]

One day, a woman came to him and said: "O Abu Al-Haarith! My son is sick and he craves to eat honey."
Al-Layth called his servant and said:
"Give her one hundred and twenty pounds of honey."

Imaam Al-Layth was very generous with scholars, to the extent that he used to send one hundred Deenaars to Imaam Maalik Ibn Anas every year. Once Imaam Maalik wrote to him that he was in debt. Imaam Al-Layth sent him five hundred Deenaars.
[Taareekh Baghdaad (13/8), Chain Saheeh]

 When Imaam Al-Layth went to perform Hajj and he passed by Madeenah, Imaam Maalik sent him a plate of dates. Imaam Al-Layth Ibn Sa'd put one thousand Deenaars on the plate and sent it back to Imaam Maalik.
[Taareekh Baghdaad (13/10), Chain Hasan]

When the books of Ibn Lahee’ah, a great jurist and narrator of Prophetic Hadeeths, were burnt, Imaam Al-Layth immediately sent one thousand Deenaars to him.
[Taareekh Baghdaad (13/11), Chain Saheeh]

The Letters of Imaam Maalik and Imaam Layth to each other:

Two of the Letters that Imaam Maalik and Imaam Layth exchanged with each other have, by the grace of Allaah, been preserved by the Muhadditheen through the excellence of chain! These letters are authentically narrated by Imaam Ya’qoob bin Sufyaan in al-Ma’rifah wal Taareekh, and from him Haafidh Ibn al-Jawzee mentioned them in his book Al-I’laam.

These letters can be read from the following link:

Some Sayings of Imaam Layth:

1-    Imaam Layth ibn Sa’d – Allaah have mercy on him – said,

“Even if I saw a heretic (follower of bid’ah) walk on water, I would not accept him.”
This was reported to Imaam Al-Shaafi’ee – Allaah have mercy on him, to which he replied,

“He didn’t go far enough. Rather, if I saw one walk in the air, I would not accept him.”

[Al-Lalkaa’ee in Sharh Usool ‘I’tiqaad Ahl Al-Sunnah (1/164); Ibn Battah in Al-Ibaanah Al-Kubra 2/175; Ibn Al-Jawzee in Talbees Iblees p. 14 – with slightly variant wordings, Chain Hasan]

2-    Marwaan bin Muhammad al-Taatri said: I saw in Ramadan that, Imam Layth bin Sa’d went to sleep after ‘Asr, so I asked him: "O Abul Haarith! Why do you sleep after ‘Asr while Ibn Lahee’ah has narrated to us from the route of Ukayl, from Makhool, that the prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever sleeps after ‘Asr and loses his mind, let him blame no one but himself.”

To this, Imam Layth replied: 

“What is beneficial for me, I cannot leave it for the narration of Ibn Lahee’ah from Aqeel.”
[Al-Kaamil by Ibn Adee Vol. 4, Pg. 1463]

Note: This narration clearly proves that Imaam Layth bin Sa’d did not consider Weak narrations to be acceptable in Fadhaail & Targheeb also.

Conclusion:

Imaam Layth bin Sa’d is unanimously agreed upon to be a Faqeeh and Muhaddith of High caliber. There is no dispute of anyone on his knowledge, virtuous, Fiqh, and Hadeeth etc.


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