Sufyan on Fatwa: Granting proper concessions, not strictest opinion

Abu Usamah reported: Sufyan al-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Indeed, knowledge in our view is granting a proper concession upon a reliable basis. As for giving the strictest opinion, anybody can do that well.”

Source: Jāmi’ Bayān al-‘Ilm 1467

عن أبي أُسَامَة قَالَ قَالَ سُفْيَان الثَّوْرِيّ رحمه الله إِنَّمَا الْعِلْمُ عِنْدَنَا الرُّخْصَةُ مِنْ ثِقَةٍ فَأَمَّا التَّشْدِيدُ فَيُحْسِنُهُ كُلُّ أَحَدٍ

1467 جامع بيان العلم وفضله لابن عبد البر