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The Independence of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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There was once a Muhaddith who possessed a kitaab of Hadith that was handwritten by none other than Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah). Narrating the incident that led to him acquiring this kitaab, he mentioned:

We studied Ahaadith under Imaam Sufyaan bin ‘Uyainah (rahimahullah) for a period of one year. Once, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was absent from the lessons of Hadith for a few days. I wished to visit him, and so I made enquiries and was directed to where he was residing. When I arrived at the place to which I was directed, I found that Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was residing in a cave in the area of Ajyaad (an area of Makkah Mukarramah near Safaa).

I made salaam and called out, “May I enter?” Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) replied, “No.” A few moments later, he called out, “Now you may enter.” I then entered and noticed that Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was covering his body with a piece of old, woolen cloth. I asked him, “Why did you initially prevent me from entering?” Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) replied, “I needed to cover my body.” Hearing this, I asked him, “What is the matter?” He answered, “My clothes have been stolen.”

I hastened to my home and returned to Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) with a hundred dirhams which I presented to him as a gift. However, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) refused to accept it. I thus offered him to take the money as a loan, but he still refused. Thinking that he perhaps considered the amount too much, I offered him to take less, until I offered him to take just twenty dirhams, but he still refused.

Finally, I stood and said to him, “It is not correct for you to allow yourself to perish in this manner.” As I was leaving, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) called me back and asked, “Have you not been listening to the Ahaadith of ibn ‘Uyainah (rahimahullah) with me?” When I answered in the affirmative, he next asked, “Would you like me to write those Ahaadith for you?” I replied, “Yes.” He thus said to me, “Purchase some paper for me.”

Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) thereafter wrote the Ahaadith in exchange of a few dirhams which he used to buy two pieces of clothing.

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 9 pg. 443)

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