"a pen for a deenaar"
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Muhammad ibn Mubashshir al-Karmeenee said:
ibn Salaam al-Baykandee's pen broke whilst in the gathering
of a Shaykh, so he announced "a pen for a deenaar",
whereby pens began to fall upon him (from all directions).))
an-Nubalaa. – Volume 10, Page 629
So important was writing knowledge to him that he was willing
to pay as much as 1 deenaar for a pen, whereby he received
so many offers by people throwing their pens at him hoping
to secure the deenaar in return for their pen.