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Sunday, 30 June 2019 14:41

Respect of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) for Hadith Featured

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Qutaibah bin Sa‘eed (rahimahullah) reports the following:

I once came to the city of Baghdad with the sole intention of meeting Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah). It then so happened that Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) came to me with Yahya bin Ma‘een (rahimahullah).

On meeting, we sat together and engaged in different ‘ilmi discussions. After some time, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) awoke from his place and came to sit in front of me with respect. He then requested, “Please dictate such-and-such Hadith to me.” After I dictated the Hadith to Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah), he awoke and returned to his place where he again sat as normal. We then resumed our discussions.

After some time, he again awoke and came to sit in front of me with respect. I said to him, “O Abu ‘Abdillah! Remain seated in your place!” He replied, “Do not be affected by me continuously coming and sitting in front of you at the time when I wish to hear the mubaarak Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) from you. The reason is that I wish to acquire the knowledge of deen in the manner deen commands us to acquire it, with utmost respect and humility, fulfilling the etiquettes of acquiring ‘ilm.”

(Manaaqib Imaam Ahmed libnil Jowzi pg. 71)

From this incident, we understand the Imaam Qutaibah (rahimahullah) held Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) in great respect and was prepared to recite the Hadith to him while he was sitting at a slight distance. However, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) felt the need to show additional respect to the Hadith as well as the Ustaad from whom he was acquiring the Hadith.

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