Kitāb al-Ghayba > Excellence of Husain bin Rauh continued
Hadith #14

358- قال ابن نوح: وسمعت جماعة من أصحابنا بمصر يذكرون أن أبا سهل النوبختي سئل فقيل له: كيف صار هذا الأمر إلى الشيخ أبي القاسم الحسين بن روح دونك؟ فقال: هم أعلم وما اختاروه، ولكن أنا رجل ألقي الخصوم وأناظرهم ولو علمت بمكانه كما علم أبو القاسم وضغطتني الحجة على مكانه لعلي كنت أدل على مكانه، وأبو القاسم فلو كانت الحجة تحت ذيله وقرض بالمقاريض ما كشف الذيل عنه أو كما قال.

H 358 - Ibn Nuh says: I heard a group of our scholars at Egypt mention that Abu Sahl Naubakhti was asked how this position reached Shaykh Abul Qasim Husain Ibn Rauh and not him. He said: “They are more knowledgeable about who they have chosen. I am a man who meets the adversaries and have debates with them. If I should know his place, as knew Abul Qasim, and was pressed in my debates for proofs, perhaps I would lead up to his place. As for Abul Qasim, even if the Divine Proof (Hujjah) were to be under his cloak, and he were cut by scissors, he would not remove his cloak.” Or he said something like this.