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Why become a Hanbali disciple?
Al-Muwaffaq b. Qudamah said in the introduction of al-Mughni:
"Allah appointed amongst the predecessors of this Ummah Imams from the luminaries. He paved via them the principles of Islam, and He clarified through them difficult rulings.
Their agreement is clear-cut proof, and their disagreement is a vast mercy. Hearts are revived by hearing about their lives and happiness is attained by following in their footsteps.
Thereafter, He specified a handful from amongst them according to their position and rank (in knowledge and piety) and preserved their mention and their schools of thought.
Thus rulings revolve around their statements and the jurists of Islam refer to their schools to issue verdicts.
And our Imam, Abu Abdallah Ahmad b. Hanbal (may Allah be pleased with him) is from the highest of them in virtue, the closest in his connection to Allah, the most emulous of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and most knowledgeable of his Sunnah, the most minimal in indulging in the Dunya, and the most voluntary worshipper of his Lord.
For this reason, we have chosen his school."
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"He was from those who preserved the book of Allah and recited it to the authorities of his time."
"As for hadith, everyone has agreed that he stands out over all others due to the sheer number of narrations he has reported, his knowledge of the authentic from the weak, and mastery of hadith sciences."
"It has been affirmed that there is no one to have preceded him in the mastery of narrations like that of Imam Malik and if someone wanted to know the position of Imam Ahmad in comparison to Imam Malik, he or she is to look no further than the difference between al-Musnad and al-Muwatta'."
"Unlike the other Imams, he could mention the issues of al-jarh wa al-tadil from memory just like reciting al-Fatihah when asked. Anyone who has examined the book al-Ilal by Abu Bakr al-Khallal knows this."
"Without argument, he was also unmatched in his knowledge of the verdicts, rulings, consensus, and the differing opinions of the companions."
"As for Arabic, it has been reported that he said, "I have written more about Arabic than Abu Amr al-Shaybani".
"Ahmad combined what he possessed of knowledge with what others were unable to of zuhd/asceticism and scrupulousness. It has not been mentioned that any of the scholars refused the stipend of the rulers and gifts of others like him."
"He stood alone patiently with the Mihna/Trial defending the truth."
Abu al-Qasim al-Jabbuli said that "many people think that Imam Ahmad is largely remembered for the Mihna/Trial which is not true. If Imam Ahmad b. Hanbal was asked about something, it was as if all the knowledge of the world was at his fingertips."