Benefit: Listen Attentively Even if You Know
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
The benefits of this are, inspiration and delight for the narrator [i.e. as opposed to rejecting his narration], safeguarding yourself from self-amazement and safeguarding yourself from bad character because disputing with the narrator over the narration is considered bad character.
Shaykh ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Nāṣir al-Ṣaʿdī
Source: al-Riyādh al-Nāḍirah pg. 548.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī
Translator's note: There are many examples from the Salaf with regards to listening attentively to the narrator as if you have never come across that which he is narrating to you, even if in reality you have. From these examples is that of Muādh ibn Sʿad al-ʾAʿawar, who said: “I was sitting with ʿAṭā ibn Abī Rabāḥ whilst a man narrated a narration, and then one of the men present elaborated upon the narration to which ʿAṭā ibn Abī Rabāḥ replied, ‘What is this behaviour?’ I listen to the narration of a man whilst I have more knowledge concerning that narration than him, but I (act like) I don’t know anything.” [Rawdat al-ʿUqalā pg. 72].