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It is mentioned that once, Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Bukhari – may Allah be pleased with him – approached a certain Muhaddith to learn some Ahadith. However, the horse of this person had run away. This person was then waving his shawl at the horse to attract it towards himself. In other words, he was making it look as if he had some food hidden in this shawl of his. When the horse came near, he grabbed the horse. Imam Bukhari – may Allah be pleased with him – asked him, “Did you actually have barley in this shawl of yours?” The person replied, “No, I only deceived the horse and made it look like I had barley in this shawl.” Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam Bukhari – may Allah be pleased with him – immediately declared, “I will never learn Hadith from that person who speaks lies to an animal.” He then walked away from this person.
In the same way, once Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Shibli – may Allah be pleased with him – approached a person to learn Arabic grammar. This person then tried to teach the great Saint about what is a subject and what is an object. He used the example, “Zaid hit ‘Umar”.
In this example, Zaid is the subject and ‘Umar is the object. The great Saint then asked, “Did Zaid actually hit ‘Umar?” The teacher replied, “No, this is merely an example”. However, the great Saint replied, “I am not prepared to learn something whose first example is a lie.” (Nuzhatul Majaalis, 123)