|Title: Musnad al-Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal (مسند الإمام أحمد بن حنبل)|
|Author: Imam Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Hanbal Abū ‘Abdullah al-Shaybānī (احمد بن محمد بن حنبل ابو عبد الله الشيباني)|
|Subject: Hadīth, Kitab al-Hadīth, Primary Hadith collection, Musnad|
|No. of Volumes: 50 | No. of Pages: 26611|
One of the greatest compilations of the sunnah and books of hadith is the Musnad by Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimullah)(d. 241 AH/885 CE). The work is organized into compilations of the hadiths narrated by each Companion (Sahabi), starting with the ‘asharah mubashsharah (“the ten who received glad tidings1 “).
Imam Ahmad is one of the most celebrated scholars of Islam, the founder of the Hanbali school of Islamic Law and a leading authority on hadith. Al-Musnad (this work) is an encyclopedic work in the field of hadith, an important resource for others who want to engage in its study.
1: The phrase is a reference to ten of the Prophet’s companions who were named as inhabitants of Paradise in an authentic hadith.