Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (May Allah have mercy on him) is remembered for many things. He was an Imam in Fiqh, Hadith, and many other sciences. In fact, his madh-hab is one of the four established madh-habs of Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah. Yet, the one matter he is most remembered for… one of the most defining moments in the History of Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah… is his stance in the time of the Mihnah (the Inquisition). Imam ‘Ali ibn al-Madini, the great teacher of Imam al-Bukhari said, “Truly, Allah supported this religion with Abu Bakr as-Siddiq the day of the apostasy (ar-Riddah), and He supported it with Ahmad ibn Hanbal the day of the Inquisition ( al-Mihnah).” Imam ash-Shafi’I said, “I left Baghdad and did not leave behind me anyone more virtuous, more learned, more knowledgeable than Ahmad ibn Hanbal.” Many topics covered. Some include:
His Name and Lineage, His Wives, His Knowledge of the Arabic Language, His Lectures, Adherence to the Sunnah, his Piety, The People’s Praise for him, Wonderful Wisdoms, His Supplications and His Confidences (with Allah), His Death.