Tag: Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal الإمام أحمد بن حنبل

Ahmad on Character: Part of good character is to be patient and retrain anger

March 10, 2017

Ibn Rajab reported: Imam Ahmad, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Good character is to not get angry or enraged. And good character is to patiently endure what comes from people.” Source: Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 1/457 #18 عن ابن رجب قَالَ الْإِمَامُ أَحْمَدُ رحمه الله حُسْنُ الْخُلُقِ أَنْ لَا تَغْضَبَ وَلَا تَحْتَدَّ وَحُسْنُ الْخُلُقِ أَنْ […]

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Moses on Love: Allah instructs Moses to care for parents and love people as himself

April 15, 2016

Ka’b ibn Alqamah reported: When the Prophet Moses, peace and blessings be upon him, had gone out fleeing from Pharaoh, he said, “O Lord, instruct me.” Allah said, “I enjoin you never to make anything equal to me, as you must choose me over anything else. Verily, for those who do not act this way […]

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David on Judgment: Judge people as yourself and love whoever loves Allah

April 15, 2016

Sa’eed ibn Abdul Aziz reported: The Prophet David, peace be upon him, said, “O Lord, how do I strive for you in the land with good will?” Allah said, “Remember me often, love those who love me whether they are black or white, judge people as you would judge yourself, and stay away from the […]

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Umar on War: Fear Allah regarding children and civilian non-combatants

April 3, 2016

Zaid ibn Wahb reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, decreed, “Do not steal the spoils, do not be treacherous with the enemy, do not mutilate the dead, do not kill children, and fear Allah regarding the farmers who do not wage war against you.” Source: Sunan Sa’īd ibn Mansūr 2466 Ibn […]

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Ahmad on Intention: You will always be good as long as you intend good

March 6, 2016

Ibn Muflih reported: Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmad, said to his father one day, “O father, give me instruction.” Ahmad said, “O my son, have a good intention. You will always be good as long as you intend good.” Source: al-Ādāb al-Shar’īyah 1/104 عن ابن مفلح قَالَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ الْإِمَامِ أَحْمَدَ لِأَبِيهِ يَوْمًا […]

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Ahmad on Apocrypha: Many books of history and exegesis have no reliable foundation

January 5, 2016

Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdadi reported: Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Three types of books have no basis: chronicles of military history, great battles at the end of time, and Quranic exegesis (tafseer).” Al-Khateeb said, “These words should be understood at face value as they are. The meaning is that there are some […]

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Ahmad on Sunnah: He should not act upon the Hadith until he asks the scholars if it is authentic

July 25, 2014

Ibn Al-Qayyim reported: Abdullah ibn Ahmad said, “I asked my father about a man who has books within which are the sayings of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and the companions and the followers, but he cannot recognize weak and rejected narrations, nor a strong chain of narration from a […]

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Ash-Shafi’ee on Apostasy: The Prophet did not kill some people who committed apostasy from Islam

June 18, 2014

Al-Bayhaqi reported: Ash-Shafi’ee said, “Some people believed and then committed apostasy and then displayed faith again and the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, did not kill them. Ahmad said: We have narrated this regarding Abdullah ibn Abi Sarh when Satan caused him to stumble and he joined the unbelievers, then he […]

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Ibn Taymiyyah on Apocrypha: Beware of inauthentic reports in books of history and exegesis

February 10, 2014

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Allah has provided evidence establishing the authenticity or lack thereof for the narrations that are necessary in matters of the religion. It is well-known that most of what is reported in books of exegesis (tafseer) is similar to what is reported in books of history and battles. For this reason, Imam Ahmad […]

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Ibn Taymiyyah on Menses: Permission for a menstruating woman to recite the Quran

February 3, 2014

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “It is said it is not permissible to recite the Quran for one with major impurity but it is permissible for the menstruating woman, either with unrestricted permission or if she fears she will forget it. This is the way of Malik and it is the opinion in the school of Ahmad […]

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