Concerning the Imaam, the Shaykh – Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahima-hullaah), it has been narrated by Ihsaan ibn Muhammad al-‘Utaybee:
“After having prayed in al-Haram al-Makkee, the Shaykh left the Haram wanting to go somewhere by car. So he stopped a taxi and sat in. During the journey, the taxi driver wanted to get to know his passenger, so he asked: “Who are you O Shaykh?”
The Shaykh replied: “Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen”
Surprised, the taxi driver asked: “Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen?”, thinking the Shaykh was lying to him, since he could not believe someone like the Shaykh would ever be a passenger in his taxi.
So the Shaykh replied: “Yes, the Shaykh”
So the taxi driver turned his head towards the Shaykh out of sheer surprise at this fare.
The Shaykh then asked: “Who are you O brother?”
So the taxi driver replied: “Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz!!”
The Shaykh laughed, enquiring: “You’re Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz?!!!”
The taxi driver replied: “Yeah! just like you’re Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen!!!”
So the Shaykh said: “But Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz is blind, and does not drive a car!!
Just then it dawned upon the taxi driver that the passenger sitting next to him was indeed the Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. And what a fine mess he had got himself into now!”
Safahaat Mushriqah min Hayaat al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen – Page 79 Ref: al-Madeenah ((ar-Risaalah)), number: 13788