Amongst the countless blessings which Almighty Allah has bestowed upon the Muslims is that He has preserved their religion for them and provided the appropriate means for Islam to be safeguarded and preserved, in that He has raised erudite scholars through whom the Sunnah of the Noble Prophet, Muhammad ibn Abdullaah (S), the seal of the prophets, has been preserved. Thus the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (S) provide evidence against mankind. One of the scholars through whom Allah preserved the Sunnah was Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (Rahimahullah), and one of the books that he wrote to preserve the Sunnah is al-Musnad, which is one of the major collections of the noble Sunnah.
Muslim scholars, particularly hadeeth scholars, were keen on ahaadeeth with few narrators between the hadeeth reporter and the Prophet (S). In fact, Imaam Ahmad reported more than three hundred "thulaathiyyaat", ahaadeeth with only three narrators between him and the Prophet (S). These ahaadeeth were collected from al-Musnad by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Saalim as-Saffaareenee al-Hanbalee (Rahimahullah) in a separate book.
This example clearly points to the great care shown by hadeeth scholar to the Prophet's Sunnah, as they were keen to compile the Sunnah with the soundest chains of narrators (isnaad) and convey it in the easiest manner possible, from leading scholars of hadeeth who were of extremely good character and who approached the reports with accuracy and deep knowledge, in compliance with to the Prophet's instructions: "Convey [whatever you learn] from me. even if it is just one verse." (Narrated by al-Bukhaaree)
This book presents a fine collection of authentic Ahadith reported by Imam Ahmad with just three narrators between him and Prophet Muhammad (SAW). These Ahadith have been translated into English by Nasiruddin al-Khattab. There are more than three hundred Ahadith collected from Al-Musnad by Sheikh Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Saalim as-Saffaareenee al-Hanbalee. Some features of this treatise are:
- Ahadith have been presented in different chapters
- Each hadith has been first narrated in Arabic, and then translated in English language.
- References have also been presented for every hadith in both Arabic and English language.
- Footnotes at the bottom of every page present commentary and explanation for Ahadith.
- Simple yet refined language has been used to translate and explain each hadith.
- The pages are glossy with fine paper quality and each page is decorated with colorful artwork which is very appealing for the readers.
This book is a useful hadith study for all Muslims. It presents more than three hundred Ahadith and their commentary along with references in an understandable yet appealing way.