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The Young man of Baghdad

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al-Muzani said: “ash-Shafi’i (رحم الله) said: “I saw a young man in Baghdad, who, if he said: “Haddathana…” [1] the people would all say: “He has spoken the truth.” I asked him: “And who was he?” He replied: “Ahmad bin Hanbal (رحم الله)”

قال المُزَنيّ: قال لي الشّافعيّ: رأيتُ ببغداد شابًا إذا قال: حدَّثنا، قال النّاس كلّهم: صَدَق. قلت: من هو؟ قال: أحمد بن حنبل.

[تاريخ الإسلام ووفيات المشاهير والأعلام, (5/1013), {الطبعة: الثانية، 1413 هـ}]

[Source: Tareekh al-Islam (5/1013) {2nd Edition 1413 A.H.}]

Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal  (رحم الله) said about himself :

“طلبتُ الحديثَ وأَنا ابن ستّ عشرةَ سنة”

[مناقب الإمام أحمد بن حنبل لابن الجوزي , (ص 26)]

“I began to study Hadeeth when I was sixteen years old”

[Source: Manaqib al-Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal of Ibn al-Jawzee (رحم الله) , page 26]

He (رحم الله) also said:

أنا أطلب العلم إلى أن أدخل القبر

[مناقب الإمام أحمد بن حنبل لابن الجوزي , (ص 37)]

“I will seek knowledge until I enter the grave”

[Source: Manaqib al-Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal of Ibn al-Jawzee (رحم الله) , page 37]

Footnote:

[1] “Haddathana” means “I was told”. This is an expression commonly used by scholars of Hadeeth to indicate that they heard a Hadeeth directly from someone.

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05/01/2013 at 9:40 PM

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