Al-Laith on Knowledge: I have not come to Medina to see elephants, only for knowledge

Al-Qadi Iyad reported: Yahya ibn Yahya Al-Laith was sitting with Malik one day in the assembly of his students when someone announced that elephants were walking nearby. All of the students of Malik left to look at them, except Al-Laith. Malik said to him, “Why have you not gone out to see them since they are not in your land of Al-Andalus?” Al-Laith said, “Indeed, I have only come from my land to see you and learn from your guidance and knowledge. I have not come to see elephants.” Malik was impressed, so he named him “the intelligent one.”
Source: Tartīb al-Madārik 3/382
عن القاضي عياض روي عن الليث إنه كان عند مالك يوماً جالساً في جملة أصحاب مالك إذ قال قائل قد حضر الفيل فخرج أصحاب مالك كلهم لينظروا إليه فقال له مالك لِمَ لم تخرج فتراه إذ ليس بأرض الأندلس فقال له يحيى إنما جئت من بلدي لأنظر إليك وأتعلم من هديك وعلمك لا إلى أن أنظر إلى الفيل فأعجب به مالك وسماه العاقل
3/382 ترتيب المدارك وتقريب المسالك
Source: Daily Hadith

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