Following the post courtesy of Taqweem Ahsan in salafi-network mailing list
Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah.
All Hamd is for Allah and may the Salat and the Salam be upon the Messenger of Allah.
I just read a post from our noble brother Musa Richardson, whilst discussing a particular issue. He mentioned a narration of Imam Ahmed, the Imam of Ahlus-Sunnah, may Allah have mercy upon him, which struck me due to its seriousness and importance, as follows (copied and pasted) That which is within [ ] are my additions taken mainly from Musa’s post:
Saalih (another son of Imam Ahmad) narrated it adding, “Al-Mu’tasim [the Khaleefah of Ma'moon] looked over to my father [i.e. Imaam Ahmed, who was being severely persecuted at that time by the Khaleefah for denying the Qur'an was 'created', instead rightfully arguing that the Qur'an was the 'Speech of Allah, uncreated'], and said: “Speak with Ibn Abee Du’aad.” [ie about the issue of the Qur'an being created]. So my father turned his face away, saying:
“How could I speak to someone who I have never seen at the door of any scholar ever!?”
Abu Qilaabah (d.140H) Rahimahullah said: “Do not sit with the people of innovation, because I do not feel secure that they will not drown you in their misguidance and make part of what you used to know, unclear to you” (Bayhaqee in Al-I’tiqaad; Abdullah ibn Ahmed in As-Sunnah).
Abu Ahmad bin ‘Adee said: I heard Muhammad bin ‘Abdillaah as-Sairafee ash-Shaafi’ee saying to them, i.e. to his students:
“Take a lesson from these two: Hasayn al-Karabeesee and Abu Thawr. The knowledge of Abu Thawr was not even a tenth of Husayn in his knowledge and memorisation – Yet [Imaam] Ahmad spoke against him (i.e. al-Karabeesee) in the issue of the utterance of the Qur’aan (whether it is created or not), so he fell [in rank] – and he praised Abu Thawr [for his adherence to the Sunnah] so he rose [in rank].“
Tabaqaat ash-Shaafi’yyeen of Ibn Katheer and Tabaqaat ash-Shaafi’iyyah al-Kubraa of al-Subki.Abu Khadeejah:This is from the ways by which Allaah raises the people of Sunnah, due to their love, adherence and defence of the Haqq. They fear not the blame of the blamers, they do not cower when faced with many opposers to the truth – they cling to the Haqq regardless of whether those with them are few or many. They care not if they are abandoned by those who were once with them so long as they are upon right-guidance.
It also shows that when Allaah blesses a person with knowledge and memorisation, he is obligated to adhere to the Sunnah and not fall into misguidance and innovations, let alone calling others to the astray paths! Al-Karaabeesee had knowledge but he coupled that with misguidance, so he went astray. It did not concern Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) that al-Karabeesee had knowledge – he deviated in the ‘aqeedah and called to that deviation, so Imaam Ahmad spoke against him and al-Karabeesee fell. On the other hand Abu Thawr (rahimahullaah) became an Imaam of the Sunnah due to his love and adherence to the Sunnah and the Truth – one word from Ahmad and he became elevated, even though he did not possess a tenth of the knowledge of al-Karabeesee!Likewise in our times we have the likes of Shaikh Rabee’ al-Madkhalee! May Allaah preserve him and protect him.If he speaks regarding someone, then pay attention O Salafi!
Abu Khadeejah Abdul-Waahid
- [mp3] The Quran is the Speech of Allah, Not Created! – Hasan as-Somaali
- Speech is Attributed to He who Said it Initially
- Taken from the book Explanation of the Reformer, Muhammed Ibn Abdul Wahab Explained by the Noble Sheikh Dr. Saalih Ibn Fawzaan al-Fawzaan p 81-84
- Speech of Allah –by Mustafa George – Excellent Audio !!
- Hadeeth al-Qudsi is the speech of Allaah in wording and meaning
AsSalam Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu.
I was informed by a brother about the weakness of the story
This story has been weakened by Ath-Thahabee and there is a post on it on the forum of shyakh Maahir bin Thaafir Al-Qahtaanee here:
This story about “Istighfar” (seeking forgiveness from Allah) is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, who is considered as a renowned scholar of Islam and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most celebrated Sunni theologians, often referred to as the “Sheikh ul-Islam” or the “Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah.”
During his old age, while Imam Ahmed was travelling he stopped by a town. After the prayers, he wanted to stay for the night in the masjid yard because he didn’t know anyone in the town. Owing to his humility, he hadn’t introduced himself to anyone thinking that if he did, he would be welcomed by many people.
Failing to recognize Ahmed bin Hanbal, the caretaker of the mosque refused to let him stay in the mosque. As Imam Ahmed was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the mosque. On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for this man (Imam Ahmed) and offered to be the host to him for the night. During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmed observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfar (seek forgiveness from Allah). Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant practice of saying Istighfar had any effect on him. The baker responded by telling Imam Ahmed that Allah had accepted all of his duas (supplications), except one. When he asked him what dua was it that hadn’t been accepted, the baker replied that he had been asking Allah to provide him the privilege to meet the famous scholar Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal.
On this, Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal said that Allah had not only listened to his dua but had dragged him onto his (the baker’s) doorsteps. [Summarized from Al Jumuah magazine, vol 19, issue 7]
This story is a reminder of the power of saying Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) frequently. Let’s remember that the prophet used to say Istighfar frequently during the day.
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