When Knowledge Benefits its Seeker

This is an amazing incident from the life of Ibn al-Mubarak (rahimahullah):

When knowledge really benefits its seeker…

Suwayd ibn Sa’id: ‘I saw ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak in Makkah as he went to the (water of) zamzam and drank from it. Then he faced the Ka’bah and said,

‘O Allah, Ibn al-Mawali narrated to us from Muhammad ibn al-Munkadir, from Jabir from the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) that he said, ‘The water of Zamzam is for whatever it’s drank for [1]‘ and here I am drinking it to prevent the thirst of the Day of Judgement.’ Then he drank it.

[Sifat al-Safwah, vol. 2; pg 325]
I think more than anything, what’s impressive about this, is that Ibn al-Mubarak the muhaddith, utilised his knowledge of the hadith as well as its isnad (chain of narration) before acting upon it. He narrated the riwayah back to Allah and then asked Allah, making du’a based on it. Subhanallah, this is when knowledge really benefits…
[1] Sahih, Ibn Majah 3062

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