‘Ubaidah ibn Ziyaad said (in some lines of poetry):
“The Religion of the Prophet Muhammad (salAllaahu alayhi wasallam) is narrations,
And what a blessed means to an end the Aathar are for a youth.
So do not forsake the hadeeth nor its people,
Because opinion is (like) night and hadeeth is (like) day.
And perchance a youth may err upon the Path of Guidance,
But the Sun is rising in splendour and has made much light.”
- Source: Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee’s Sharf Ashaabil-Hadeeth (The Nobility of the Companions of Hadeeth) | Transcribed from: The Status of the People of Hadeeth | Shaykh Rabee’ ibn Hadee al-Madkhalee