6: The People of Hadeeth Are the Inheritors Of the Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)
Ishaaq bin Moosaa al-Khatamee said, “No one has been given establishment in this Ummah like the People of Hadeeth, since Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic said in His Book, “And He will of a surety establish for them their religion which He is pleased with for them” (Nur 24:55). And that which Allaah is pleased with, then He has established firmly those people in it (i.e. the People of Hadeeth) but he did not establish the People of Desires (As.haab ul-Ahwaa) in that a single hadeeth from the Companions of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) should be accepted from them. And the hadeeth of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and the hadeeth of the Companions are accepted from the People of Hadeeth. And then if there was a man amongst them who introduced an innovation, his hadeeth would fall and be rejected, even if he was the most truthful of all people.”
The People of Hadeeth Are The Closest Of All People To The Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) Due To Their Constant Sending of Salaat Upon Him
Abu Bakr [al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee] said to us: Abu Nu’aym said to us, “And this noble station is unique for the narrators of the aathaar, and its transmitters, for there is not known any group from the scholars for sending salaat upon the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)greater than what this group (i.e. the People of Hadeeth) are known, in both writing and mentioning.”
Sufyaan ath-Thawree said, “If there was no benefit to a Person of Hadeeth except sending salaat upon the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), then indeed one of them will be sending salaat upon whom so long as he is engrossed in his book”.
Muhammad bin Abu Sulaimaan said, “I saw my father in a dream, so I said to him, “O my father! What has Allaah done with you?” He said, “He has forgiven me”. I said, “On account of what?”. He replied, “On account of my writing salaat upon the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) in every hadeeth”.”
Abul-Qaasim Abdullaah al-Marwazi, “My father and I used to face each other during the night revising hadeeth. Then there was observed in the place that we used to face each other a pillar of light that would reach the sky. So it was said, “What is this light”, and so it was said, “Their sending of salaat upon Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) when they would face each other”.”
Tahdheeb Sharaf Ashaabul-Hadeeth of al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee (p.60-61)