The Imam wanted to teach him how to ponder/reflect over the verses of the the QuranThe Imam said: It has reached me that you do such and such ..
He replied: Yes O Imam The Imam then said: Today when you recite the Qur’an at night, recite as if you are Read more…
سَأل الإمام أحمد – رحمه الله – بعض تلاميذه : من أين أقبلتم؟ قالوا: من مجلس أبي كريب، فقال: اكتبوا عنه؛ فإنه شيخ صالح، فقالوا: إنه يطعن عليك! قال: فأي شيء حيلتي؟ شيخ صالح قد بلي بي
Imam Ahmad asked some of his students: “Where did you come from?”
They said: “We came from a gathering of Abi Kuraib”.
Ahmad said: “Write from him, for he is a pious Shaykh”.
They said: “But he has slandered you!”
Ahmad said: “What can I do about that? He is a pious Shaykh being tested with me…”.
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Salih, the son of Ahmad ibn Hanbal, was met by Yahya ibn Mu’in who asked him:
“Isn’t your father ashamed of what he is doing?”
“What is he doing?” asked Salih.
“I saw him with Read more…
Al Hasan ibn Arafah narrated, “I visited Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal after he was whipped and tortured. I said to him, “O Abu Abdillaah, you have reached the station of the Prophets!” He said, “Keep quiet. Verily, I saw nothing more than people selling their Deen. And I saw scholars that were with me sell their Faith. So I said to myself Read more…
Whilst Imaam Ahmad was on the receiving end of being lashed, his lower garment was about to fall, thus expose his awrah. So Al-Mu’tasim ordered for him to be leaved alone for a short while.
At this moment, Ibn Abee Duwaad came to him and said, “O Ahmad, say in my ear ‘The Qur’aan is created’, so that I may save you form the hand of the khaleefah (Al-Mu’tasim).“
So Imaam Ahmad said to him, “O Ibn Abee Duwaad, say in my ear, ‘The Qur’aan is the speech of Allaah, it is not created’, so that I may save you from the punishment of Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.“
When Imam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was being tortured [during the Khalqul Quran fitna], sometimes he would lose consciousness, there are reports from his doctor, that when he was nursing him back to healt, he would have to cut his dead flesh out. And there is another report from one of those who lashed Imam Ahmed, where he said “By Allah, I beat him so hard that had a camel been made to sit before me and i were to beat it in the same way, I would have made a hole in its belly” and another one of the lashers said, “Were I to give those lashes to an elephant, I would have crushed it”
So much punsihment he went through, we can’t even begin to imagine, yet Read more…
Imam Ahmed (rahimahullah) said, regarding Zuhd (renouncing worldly pleasures for gaining Allah’s closeness) :
“Zuhd in this world is: not to be overjoyed with what one posessed and not to be destressed by turning away from it (i.e. the world).
So he (Imam Ahmed) was asked about a man who has one thousand Dirhams, and if such and individual could be considered a Zaa’hid (i.e. one who renounces this world).
So, Imaam Ahmed said, “Yes, but with one condition, which is, if his wealth increases he does not become too joyful and if it decreases he does not become distressed and unhappy.”
This is a very poetic and wise saying by the great Imam Ahmad:
“I fear Allah would blame me for being too shameful to disobey Him, while being devoted on hiding my sins from people”.
Imam Ahmad said (in simpler words) He was scared that on the day of judgement, the only excuse he could give to God (for not sinning) was the fear of others finding out.
So ask yourself, how many times did you stop yourself from sinning when fearing what people will think?
And than ask yourself how many times did you stop sinning when fearing what Allah will think?