عن الأوزاعي قال: (كان عطاء بن أبي رباح أرضى الناس عند الناس، وما كان يشهد مجلسه، إلا سبعة أو ثمانية)
Al-Imaam Al-Awza’i, rahimahullah, said :
” ‘Ataa bin Abee Rabaah was (the one) who the people were pleased with the most (in his time) yet only about seven or eight people would attend his sittings”
Reference: Taarikh Abee az-Zura’ (449).
يقول عبد الرحمن بن مهدي: كنت أجلس يوم الجمـعــة، فإذا كثر الناس فرحت، وإذا قلوا حزنت، فسألت بشر بن منصور فقال: هذا مجلس سوء فلا تعدْ إليه، فما عدت إليه.
Abdurahman bin Mahdi, rahimahullah, said:
“I used to have sittings on Fridays, so if there was a lot people (attending), I would become happy and if the people were small in numbers, I would become sad. So, I asked Bishr bin Mansoor, rahimahullah (regarding it), so he replied by saying, ‘this is an evil gathering, so don’t return to it.’ Therefore, I didn’t return to it since.”
Reference: Siyar Aalam an-Nubalaa (9/196).
Also, some narrate (that) at the beginning stages of Shaykh Bin Baaz, rahimahullah, when he started to teach, he had less than ten students only.
And others narrate that Shaykh Al-Uthaymeen rahimahullah, once went to the masjid to teach. However, he didn’t find anyone from his students there, so he just took a mushaf and began to revise the Quran.
The Da’ee (one who calls [to Allaah]) continues teaching even if only one person attends his classes and inshaa Allah he shall see the fruits of his patience sooner or later.
We ask Allah to rectify our souls and our intentions and goals.
AbdulFattaah bin Uthman