Haab Al Hadith: The Hanbali School Of Thought

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The Hanbali school of thought was established by Ahmad ibn Hanbal (d.855). He read under different masters, including Imam Shafi'i. He is regarded as more learned in the traditions than in jurisprudence. His status also derives from his collection and exposition of the hadiths. His major contribution to Islamic scholarship is a collection of fifty-thousand traditions . In spite of the importance of Hanbal's work, his school did not enjoy the popularity of the three preceding Sunni schools of law.
Hanbal's followers were regarded as reactionary and troublesome on account of their reluctance to give personal opinion on matters of law, their rejection of analogy, their fanatic intolerance of views other than their own, and their exclusion of
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As in other Islamic Schools of Thought Ahmad Ibn Hanbal's Fiqh deals with tawhid, elements of faith, elements of worship (pillars of Islam), halal and haram, ethics, dealing with other people (Mu'aamalat).
Al Hanbali's School of Thought has almost no use for Qiyas , to such an extent that they even prefer narration of weak Hadith over Qiyas. It emphasizes taking the Hadith literally to such an extent that they were called As'haab Al Hadith. Ahlul Hadith were known long time before, but As'haab Al Hadith was the result of its evolution. Also like other Sunni Madh'habs, Al Hanbalis do not acknowledge the Imamah of Ahlul Bayt, though Ibn Hanbal was very supportive of Ahlul Bayt. Al Hanbali School of Thought began its ascendancy with the full patronage of Khalifa Al Mutawak'kil around 235H, but it never became famous. Now , looking into the practice in performing prayers, starting with the The Daily Supererogatory Prayers (Rawatib) , Supererogatory prayers are of various kinds, and among them are those which are performed along with the obligatory daily prayers (fara’id). The Hanbalis consider them to be ten rak’ahs; two rak’ahs before and after the noon prayer, two after the sunset and The night prayer, and two rak’ahs before The morning

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