1. Ibn Aqeel (d. 513 AH):
“The intellectuals debate and discourse regarding the nature of reason and fail to understand it, how dare they discourse about the nature of God!”
Source: G. Makdisi – Ibn ‘Aqil
2. “…(Sufyan bin Hussayn ) said: So I sat until he got up and when he got up I mentioned him to Iyas….He then looked at my face and didn’t say anything to me until I was unoccupied and said to me, ‘Have you fought the Persians?’ I replied, ‘No.’ He asked, ‘Have you fought the Sindhis?’ I replied, ‘No.’ He asked, ‘Have you fought the Indians?’ I replied, ‘No.’ He asked, ‘Have you fought the Romans?’ I replied, ‘No.’ He then said,
‘Safe from you are the Persians, the Sindhis, the Indians and the Romans, but this brother of yours is not safe from you?!!’
He (Sufyan) then said, So Sufyan did not return to that (backbiting).'”
This is found in al-Mizzi’s Tahthib al-Kamal Fi Asma’ ar-Rijal, under Iyas bin Mu`awiyah bin Qurrah bin Iyas bin Hilal al-Muzani.
3. From Sunni Side Up-
“I admire the pious, but I am not one of them!”
4. Imaam Jameel Al Ameen (May Allah Make it easy for him) said,
The mission of the Muslim is different from secular responsibility, secular rule. It does not emanate from secular rule… [Allah] has given you this deen and it will dominate!- not accommodate, not associate, not integrate, not affiliate!
5. The Hanbalite Shaykh in both Fiqh and ‘Aqeedah, al-Imam, Abd al-Qadir al-Jilaanee (d. 561 AH), rahimullah, was once asked:
‘Can there be a Walee of Allah on a creed different from Ahmad Ibn Hanbal?’
To which he responded:
“Ma kana wa-la yakun!” (That happened not, nor will that happen)
6. Sufyaan ath-‘Thawree (d. 161 AH) wrote to ‘Abbaad ibn ‘Abaad al Khawwaas al’Arsoofee, saying, “As for that which comes after:
Indeed you are in an era which the Companions of the Prophet used to seek refuge from encountering, and they had knowledge which we do not have, and they had a place and honour which we do not have. So how is it for us now that we have reached that time, having scanty knowledge, little patience, few people who assist goodness, and there being corruption amongst the people and distress in the world!
Hence you must take to the original affair (Quran and Sunnah) and hold tight to it, and you should take to being unknown, for indeed this the age to remain unknown.
And take to remaining aloof and secluded, and associating little with the people, because when they people used to meet, some of them would benefit from others.
But as for today, then that has gone, and in our view, salvation lies in abandoning them (innovators).“
Who said Alif Laam Meem?
8. Imaam Ibn Abee Zayd Al Qayrawaanee (d. 386 AH) narrates Imaam Malik (d. 179 AH) said,
If you see these affairs about which there are doubts then take hold of one which is more sure.