One of the great saints of Damascus whotook hadith from Sufyan
ibn `Uyayna. Ibn al-Jawzi relates in Sifat al-safwa that
al-Ju`i explained that he got the name al-Ju`i ("of the hunger") because Allah had strengthened him against physical hunger by means of spiritual hunger. He said:
Al-Dhahabi writes about him in Siyar a`lam al-nubala':
Ibn al-Jawzi also relates that Ibn Abu Hatim al-Razi said:
I entered Damascus to see the transcribers of hadith. I passed by Qasim al-Ju`i's circle and saw a large crowd sitting around him as he spoke. I approached and heard him say:
Do without others in your life in five matters:
I advise you five other things as well:
Ibn Abu Hatim said: "I made these words all the benefit I got from visiting Damascus."2
1 Ibn al-Jawzi, Sifat al-safwa 2(2):200 (#763).
Reproduced with permission from Shaykh M. Hisham Kabbani's
The Repudiation of "Salafi" Innovations (Kazi, 1996) p. 304-305.
Blessings and Peace on the Prophet, his Family, and his Companions