Ahmad Ibn Hanbal – Traditionalist and FaqihWritten by Karim Crow
For centuries Hanbali jurisprudence, or the fiqh attributed to Ahmad ibn Hanbal, has been viewed as the fourth school of Sunni jurisprudence. The important movement of Traditionists or ashab al-hadith collected and purified the Hadith of the Prophet, and compiled the vast mass of narrated reports transmitted over generations on the authority of the ‘Successors’ from the Companions, on the Prophet. Hadith formed the basis of the Prophetic Sunnah, religious Law, and basic creedal Doctrine on the fundamentals of faith (Usul al-din). Traditionists praised him as an expert in Islamic law and the founder of............ [click here to download the full article in pdf]
Karim Douglas Crow is a Principal Research Fellow at IAIS Malaysia.