By Abu Abdullah Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Hanbal Ash-Shaibani
About The Book
Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal is the collection of Ahadith, collected by the famous Sunni scholar Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal to whom the Hanbali madhab of Sunnis is attributed.
It is said by some that Ibn Hanbal made a comment in regards to his book which read as follows: “There is not a hadith that I have included in this book except that it was used as evidence by some of the scholars.”
Al-Marwadhi Said : “I said to Ahmad how are you this morning?”
He said : “How would anyone be whose Lord is demanding that he carries out the obligatory duties, and his prophet is demanding that he follow the sunnah, and the two angels are demanding that he mend his ways, and his nafs (Inner Self) is demanding the he follow its whims and desires, and ibless (Shaytan) is demanding that he commit immoral actions, and the angel of death is watching and waiting to take his soul, and his dependants are demanding that he spend on their maintenance?”
A monumental Ahadith collection by the Shaykh ul Islam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, a must have for every library of every student of knowledge, the first 3 volumes in the many volumes of Musnad Imam Ahmad are now presented in the English language.
The collection starts with the Biography of the noble Shyakh and following chapters in the first volume.
1. Musnad Abu Bakr Siddeeq
2. Musnad Umar bin Al-Khattab
3. The Hadith of as-Saqeefah
4. Musnad Uthman Ibn Affan
5. Musnad Ali ibn Abi Talib
About The Author
Abu ‘Abdullah, Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Hanbal Ash-Shaibani, known by the name Imam Ibn Hanbal was a celebrated theologian, jurist and a Hadith scholar.
He is also one of the four Fiqh Imams, he was born in Baghdad in Rabi’-ul-Awwal, 164 AH.
He studied the Hadith and Fiqh together with other Islamic disciplines in Baghdad, then travelled to Ash-Sham and Hijaz for further studies.
He was persecuted during the rule of Al-Ma’mun bin Harun Ar-Rashid for refusing to acknowledge the Bid’ah (innovation) of claiming that the Qur’an was the creation of Allah, as introduced by the Mu’tazila.
He however, stood firm against all the trials and saved the Sunnah from the innovation of the Mu’tazila thoughts.
He is most famous for collecting the Ahadith of the Prophet (PBUH) compiled in the Musnad Ahmad bin Hanbal, which contain 28 to 29 thousand Ahadith.
It was said that Ibn Hanbal memorized one million Hadith.
Imam Ibn Hanbal died in Baghdad on Friday, 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal 241 AH.
The Creed of the Ahlus-Sunnah is that the Qur’an is the Kalaam or Word of Allah.
Imam An-Nawawi narrated in Tahdheebul-Asma Wal-Lughat, as did Imam Adh-Dhahabi in Siyar Alamun-Nubala, from Qutaibah bin Saeed that he said: When Ath-Thawri died, piety died; when ash-shafi’i died, proper adherence to the sunnah died; when Ahmad Bin Hanbal died, innovation (Bid’ah) emerged.