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The Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE) is a non-profit, tax exempt, religious and educational organization dedicated to serve Islam with a special focus on Tasawwuf(Sufism),

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad: Paradigm of Leadership - Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal RA

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad: Paradigm of Leadership - Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal RA

Today we learn about another of the great four imams – and perhaps the most commonly misunderstood –Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal. His awareness of the sanctity and spiritual greatness of the Holy Prophet ﷺ is reflected in the immense care he took in not only maintaining the words of the Hadith, but also their spirit. This talk was delivered on November 4, 2020, at Cambridge Muslim College

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Virtues of  the Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal - Ibn al-Jauzi:
Ahmad ibn Hanbal (d. 241 H/855 AD), renowned for his profound knowledge of hadith—the reports of the Prophet’s sayings and deeds—is a major figure in the history of Islam. Ibn Hanbal was famous for living according to his own strict interpretation of the Prophetic model and for denying himself even the most basic comforts in a city then one of the wealthiest in the word, and despite belonging to a prominent family. His piety and austerity made him a folk hero, especially after his principled resistance to the attempts of two Abbasid caliphs to force him to accept rationalist doctrine. His subsequent imprisonment and flogging became one of the most dramatic episodes of medieval Islamic history. Ibn Hanbal’s resistance influenced the course of Islamic law, the rise of Sunnism, and the legislative authority of the caliphate. tells the formidable life tale of one of the most influential Muslims in history.

The Four Imams and Their Schools: Abu Hanifa,Malik,Al-Shafii,Ahmed - Gibril Fouad Haddad

THE GREAT EDIFICE of Islamic Law is held up by four towering figures of the early middle ages: Abu Hanifa, Malik, al-Shafi i, and Ibn Hanbal. Because of their immense dedication and intellectual acuity, these men enjoy recognition to this day as Islam s most influential scholars. By assessing and ranking hadith, by cultivating a deep knowledge of the Arabic language, and by virtue of their great native intelligence, they are credited with having shaped the development of the fundamental systems of Muslim jurisprudence, avoiding the twin pitfalls of subjective rationalism and blind literalism. By doing so they not only protected their religion from chaos and disorder, but showed the Muslims, both ordinary and expert, the safest and most reliable ways of avoiding error in the understanding and practice of the divine law. This detailed study offers biographies of these four men and their leading pupils. It surveys the distinctive features of their jurisprudence, and assesses their achievement. An especially helpful feature is a long and detailed glossary of Islamic technical terms. Meticulously rooted in the core texts of Islamic scholarship, this book will be an important resource for Shari a students everywhere.

The Re-Formers of Islam : Nuh Mim Keller. Question 5- Was Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal an anthropomorphist as is alleged by the Salafis? 

Early Hanbali Tasawwuf- Where Hanbali Jurisprudence and Sufism Intersect -PDF

Ahmad ibn Hanbal: His Suf Doctrines with special reference to Kitab al-Zuhd -

The Place of Tasawwuf in Traditional Islamic Sciences - Shaykh Nuh Mim Keller

The Hanabala and Early Sufis - Christopher Melchert

Wikipedia Musnad Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal :

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal Series :A series that Addresses the life of the fourth Imam of Islam, Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal, showcasing events that occurred in his life as well as his personal life, from birth to his knowledge quest until his death.
Directed by: Abdelbari Abu Alkhair Episode 1 :

The Imam series or Bin Hanbal series or Ahmed bin Hanbal series,[ is a historical television series produced by Qatar Media Foundation,


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