Front cover of Musnad Imam Ahmad Ibne Hanbal.
|Author||Ahmad ibn Hanbal|
It is one of the largest Hadith book written in Islamic History containing more than twenty seven thousand (27000) Hadiths according to Maktaba-tu-Shamila. It is organized into compilations of the hadiths narrated by each Companion (Sahabi), starting with the 'asharah mubashsharah (? )("the ten companions who were confirmed to enter Paradise while they were alive"). This highlights their status and the efforts they made to preserve the ahadeeth of the Messenger of Allah (S).
It is said by some that Ibn Hanbal made a comment in regard to his book which reads as follows: "I have only included a hadith in this book if it had been used as evidence by some of the scholars." Certain Hanbali scholars, such as Abu'l-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi claimed that the Musnad contains hadiths that are fabricated by interpolation (i.e. the narrator jumbling up information, mixing texts and authoritative chains), which were said to be nine Hadiths by some, or fifteen Hadiths by some others. However, it is agreed that the hadith that are suspected to be fabricated are not new hadiths that are creations of a dubious narrator's imagination.
The book has been published by many organizations around the world, including: