Abu Amr Ibnul Alaa [rahimahullaah] said:

We are nothing compared to those who have preceded [i.e. the Salaf] except like a sprout on the long roots of a date palm tree.


موضح أوهام الجمع والتفريق

[1/12-13 ‘ by Khateeb Al-Baghdaadi (rahimahullaah)]