Maajid ibn Abdulazeez az-Ziyadi in his verification of the book “I’maaratul Quboor” [Building of Graves] authored by the Allaamah, the muhaddith, shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yahya al-Mu’allimi, narrates a story showing the humility of the shaykh, he says:
” One time shaykh Ahmad Shaakir [the great muhaddith] wanted and desired to see shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yahya al-Mu’allimi (as he had never met him), so he went to the Maktabatul Haram [The Library in Makkah] (where shaykh al-Mu’allimi used to work) and proceeded to the-in-charge of the library; shaykh Sulayman as-Swan’ee.
And after some time talking to him, shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yahya al-Mu’allimi came with tea and water to where they were and put it forth for them [shaykh Ahmad Shakir and shaykh Swane’ee], and then he left; and went back to his reading [research].
After a while shaykh Ahmad Shakir said to shaykh Swane’ee: ‘I want to see shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yahya al-Mu’allimi.’
So shaykh Swane’ee said to him: ‘ The one who brought tea and water; is al-Mu’allimi.’
And thus it was’nt except for moments; and Shaykh Ahmad Shaakir started to cry.”
For those not familiar with the aforementioned: Shaykh Ahmad Shakir and Shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yahya al-Mu’allimi, are two of the greatest scholars of hadeeth in the last 100 years. May Allaah have mercy on them all. And may Allaah make us humble like them.