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Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) (9)

Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:47

The Du‘aa of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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‘Ali bin abi Haraarah (rahimahullah) narrates:

My mother had been crippled for twenty years. One day, she said to me, “Go to Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and ask him to make du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala for me (to be cured).”

I thus went to the home of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) and knocked on the door. Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was in the house, close to the door, and did not open the door. Rather, he called out, “Who is it?” I replied, “I am a person who lives in such-and-such area. My mother, who is crippled, asked me to request you to make du‘aa for her (to be cured).”

Sunday, 30 July 2017 05:14

Fearful Until the End

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‘Abdullah (rahimahullah), the son of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah), narrates the following:

I was seated beside my father when he was about to pass away. He would lose consciousness until we would think that he had passed away, then he would regain consciousness and exclaim by gesturing with his hand, “Not Yet! Not yet!” When He repeated this for the third time, I asked him, “O my father! What is this that you are repeatedly doing at this critical moment?” In reply, he asked, “My son! Do you not know?” When I replied in the negative, he said, “Iblees – may the curse of Allah befall him! – was standing beside me, biting his fingertips and exclaiming, ‘O Ahmed! You have escaped me!’ and so I was replying, ‘Not yet, until I have left this world! (i.e. I have only escaped you after I pass away with Imaan).’”

(Hilyatul Awliyaa 9/194)

Thursday, 20 April 2017 06:17

The Barakah of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Faatimah (rahimahallah), the daughter of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah), narrates the following:

A fire once broke out in the home of my brother, Saalih. He had married just recently, and so his wife’s family had brought gifts to his home worth approximately four thousand Dinaars (gold coins). When the fire broke out, it destroyed all these gifts. When the fire was burning, Saalih said, “I am not grieved by anything that was burned, except for the garment of my father, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah). My father would perform salaah in this garment, and I thus kept it so that I may derive blessings from it and also perform salaah in it.” After the fire was extinguished, they entered the home and found the garment of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) on a bed. The fire had consumed everything around the garment, but the garment itself was intact and unburned.

Ibnul Jowzi (rahimahullah) narrates a similar incident from the Head Qadhi, ‘Ali bin Husain Al-Zainabi. He mentioned that a fire once broke out in their home and destroyed everything, except for a kitaab which contained a few pages on which Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) had personally written.

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 11 pg. 230)

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:18

The Status of Dreams

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Marroozi (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

I once ushered Ebrahim Al-Husri (rahimahullah), who was a pious man, into the presence of Abu ‘Abdillah, Imaam Ahmad bin Hambal (rahimahullah). When he met Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah), Ebrahim Al-Husri (rahimahullah) mentioned, “My mother saw a dream relating to you. She saw such-and-such in her dream, and she also mentioned seeing you in Jannah.” When Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) heard this, he replied, “O my nephew! People would narrate similar dreams to Sahl bin Salaamah, whereas he was a person who was involved in murder and bloodshed.” Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah) then explained, “A good dream should please one, but should not deceive one (through causing him to feel complacent of his piety and righteousness).”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 11 pg. 227)

Monday, 13 February 2017 09:19

Following One’s Seniors in Deen

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Maimooni (rahimahullah) mentions that Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) said the following to him, “O Abul Hasan! Beware discussing any mas’alah of Deen in which you do not have any senior to follow.”

‘Abdur Rahmaan At-Tabeeb narrates the following:

On one occasion, Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) and Bishr bin Haarith (also known as Bishr Haafi (rahimahullah)) were sick. When I would go to Bishr (rahimahullah), I would ask him, “How do you find your condition?” When replying, he would first praise Allah Ta‘ala and thereafter inform me of his condition. Hence, he would reply, “I praise Allah Ta‘ala to you. I find my condition to be such-and-such.”

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:50

Adherence to the Mubaarak Sunnah

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Hasan bin Ayyoob Al-Baghdaadi (rahimahullah) narrates that a person once said to Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah), “O Abu ‘Abdillah! May Allah Ta‘ala keep you alive upon Islam!” Hearing this du‘aa, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) immediately responded, “Not only upon Islam, but also upon the Mubaarak Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmed libnil Jowzi pg. 243)

Abu Bakr Khallaal (rahimahullah) narrates that one of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)’s students mentioned the following:

Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) once said to me, “I did not write any Hadith from Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) except that I also practiced upon it, to the extent that I came across the Hadith which mentions that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) underwent cupping and thereafter gave Abu Taibah (the one who carried out the cupping) a Dinar. Hence, when I underwent cupping, I gave a Dinar to the one who had carried out the cupping.”

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmed libnil Jowzi pg. 246)

Sunday, 18 December 2016 05:25

The Abstinence of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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The Khalifah, Mutawakkil, succeeded the Khalifah, Waathiq, in 232 A.H. He held Imaam Ahmed in high esteem, but Imaam Ahmed remained cautious since he regarded the favors of the king as a temptation towards evil. Once, Mutawakkil sent him a bag of ten thousand dirhams and about two hundred dinaars. It was emphasized that he should accept it, lest the king be offended if the gift was refused. Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) did not even look at it. At the time of Maghrib, he called his son, Saalih, and said, “Keep this by you.”

Before dawn the next morning, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) called for his son who immediately came. He said to him, “I have not slept last night”, and began to weep. He continued, “All my life, I remained safe from the rulers and kings. Now, in old age, I am being tested with them. I have decided to distribute this wealth in the morning.” That morning, he continued distributing the money to the various factions of the poor and needy until the entire amount was spent. He thereafter even gave the bag away to a destitute person. His son says, “We were experiencing such poverty (at the time) which only Allah Ta‘ala knew.”

(Sifatus Safwah 486/1)

Monday, 07 November 2016 09:11

The Respect of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) in Deen

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Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) never called any of his Asaatizah by their names out of respect for them. Rather, he would refer to them by their titles.

(Aadaabul Muta‘allimeen)

Once, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was lying down due to some illness. In the middle of the discussion, someone mentioned the name of Ebrahim bin Tahmaan (rahimahullah). On hearing this name, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) immediately sat up out of respect. He thereafter remarked, “It is inappropriate for the names of the elders to be mentioned whilst we are sitting and relaxing.”

(Aadaabul Muta‘allimeen)

Sunday, 16 October 2016 05:16

The 'Ibaadah of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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‘Abdullah (rahimahullah), the son of Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullah), narrates the following:

My father would perform three hundred rakaats of Nafl Salaah every day. When he became weak, due to the lashes which were meted to him as punishment (from the side of the king for standing against the deviated sect of his time) he would perform 150 rakaats daily. At that time, he was nearly eighty years old.

He would recite one seventh of the Qur’aan Majeed every day and would thus complete the recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed every seven days. He would complete the recitation of the Qur’aan Majeed in Tahajjud Salaah every seven nights, and this khatam was separate to the khatam which he would make in his Nafl Salaah during the day. After performing the Esha Salaah, he would nap for a short while after which he would awaken and engage in performing Tahajjud Salaah and making du‘aa.

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmad libnil Jowzi pg. 382)