Could you kindly reference this narration?
Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah (rahimahullah) said: “I looked to the affairs of the Sahabah [i.e. their social conduct, business dealings, mannerisms, etc.] and I looked to the affairs of ‘Abdullah ibn Al Mubarak (rahimahullah), but I didn’t see a virtue for them over him, except in their companionship of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and their battles with him.”
This statement of Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah (rahimahullah) is recorded in Tarikh Baghdad and Tarikh Dimashq. ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has also cited this narration.
(Tarikh Baghdad, vol. 11 pg. 401, Tarikh Dimashq, vol. 32 pg. 414/415, Siyaru A’alamin Nubala, vol. 8 pg. 390)
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