Elephants Shouldn’t Move You
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "He is not one of us - who does not respect the elderly, is not merciful to the youth, and does not know the rights of those who teach us." [Tirmidhi]
Imaam Maalik was narrating the Ahadith of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in the Masjid. Yahya ibn Yahya Al Layth, the narrator of his Muwatta, and other students were around him.
A caller screamed out, “Great elephants have come to Al Medina!”
The people of Medina had never seen elephants so all the students rushed to see them and left Imaam Maalik; except for Yahya ibn Yahya Al Layth.
Imaam Maalik said to him, “Why? Have you seen elephants before?”
He said, “I travelled to see Maalik not to see elephants.”
And for this reason Allah the Exalted rewarded him such that the narration which is now spread through the east and west of the earth and relied upon for the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik is the narration of Yahya ibn Yahya Al Layth; despite him being from his minor students. There are narrations from people greater than him, but it was not written that they be granted acceptance.
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "Seek knowledge, train to be dignified and calm while learning, and humble yourselves with those whom you learn from."
Even elephants shouldn’t be able to move you.