Etiquette Before Knowledge

It is reported that Imam Malik ibn Anas {May Allah have Mercy upon them} once said to a young boy from among the Quraysh:

“O! Son of my brother, learn etiquette before you acquire knowledge.”

مَالِكَ بْنَ أَنَسٍ ، يَقُولُ لِفَتًى مِنْ قُرَيْشٍ : يَا ابْنَ أَخِي ، تَعَلَّمَ الأَدَبُ قَبْلَ أَنْ تَتَعَلَّمَ الْعِلْمَ

{The Adornment of the Friends of Allah ~ Hilyatul’ Awliyah}

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