Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal الإمام أحمد بن حنبل

Ahmad on Dunya: The Great Imam never speaks of worldly matters

Abu Dawud al-Sijistani reported: The circle of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah be pleased with him, was a circle of the Hereafter, as he would not mention the affairs of […]

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Ahmad on Rulers: Supplication for guidance of Caliphs and Imams

Abu Bakr al-Marrudhi reported: I heard Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah have mercy on him, mentioning the Caliph al-Mutawakkil and he said, “Indeed, I pray for his righteousness and well-being.”

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Hadith on Graves: Permission to set up a humble tombstone

Al-Mutallib reported: When Uthman ibn Madh’un died, he was brought out for his funeral and he was buried. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, ordered a man to

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Ahmad on Divorce: Not an obligation to divorce upon parental request

Sindi reported: A man asked Abu Abdullah, Imam Ahmad, “My father has ordered me to divorce my wife.” Ahmad said, “Do not divorce her.” He said, “Did not Umar command

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Hadith on Marriage: Condemnation of Nikah Halala

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, cursed the one who marries a woman to overturn an irrevocable divorce and the man for

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Hadith on Divorce: Evidence triple talaq only counts as one divorce

Yazid ibn Rukanah reported: Rukanah had divorced his wife irrevocably and the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, only counted it as one divorce. Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 2196

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Hadith on Nikah: Minimum legal requirements for valid marriage

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There is no marriage unless with a guardian and two credible witnesses. Any marriage contracted with less

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Ahmad on Ummah: Imam Ahmad’s supplication for the Muslim nation

Al-Bayhaqi reported: Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah be pleased with him, would supplicate in prostration, “O Allah, whomever among this nation is not upon the truth, but thinks he is

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Ahmad on Amr: Enjoin good, forbid evil with humble gentleness

Muhanna reported: I asked Abu Abdullah Imam Ahmad, may Allah have mercy on him, about enjoining good and forbidding evil, “How should one enjoin it?” Ahmad said, “One should enjoin

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Ibn Abbas on Rulers: Do not confront rulers if they will kill you

Sa’id ibn Jubayr reported: I asked Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, “Shall I enjoin good and forbid evil upon the ruler?” Ibn Abbas said, “If you fear

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Hadith on Ashura: Fasting the 9th and 10th of al-Muharram

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, ordered fasting on the day of Ashura, the tenth of al-Muharram. Al-Tirmidhi said, “It is reported from

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Muslim on Sujud: Looking at place of prostration in prayer

Abu Qilabah reported: I asked Muslim ibn Yasar, may Allah have mercy on him, “Where should one fix his gaze in prayer?” Muslim said, “If it is where you prostrate,

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Hadith on Ashura: Fasting day of Ashura with 9th of al-Muharram

Al-Hakam ibn al-A’raj reported: I went to Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, and I said, “Tell me about fasting the day of Ashura.” Ibn Abbas said, “When

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Hadith on Knowledge: Each generation refutes distortions against Islam

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “This knowledge will be carried by the trustworthy of every successive generation, refuting the corruption of

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Hadith on Ramadan: One portion of any food due for Zakat al-Fitr

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: We would bring for Zakat al-Fitr a portion of food, or a portion of barley, or a portion of dates, or a portion of cheese, or

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Ahmad on Sahaba: Speaking badly of the Companions is against Islam

Abdul Malik ibn Maymun reported: Ahmad ibn Hanbal, may Allah have mercy on him, said to me, “If you see a man speaking badly about any of the companions of

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Hadith on Salat: No voluntary prayer after ‘Asr and Fajr, with exceptions

Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, only prayed two cycles after the afternoon prayer because some property came to him, which occupied him from performing

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Hadith on Tarawih: Reward for praying with the Imam until he finishes

Abu Dharr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, whoever stands for prayer in Ramadan with the Imam until he is finished, it will

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Hadith on Ramadan: Adolescents fasting Ramadan if they are able

Al-Rabia’ bint Mu’awwidh reported: We would order our children to fast and we would make toys for them out of wool. If one of them cried for food, we would

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