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How many rak’ahs (nafl) would Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal offer daily?

Question

I have heard that Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) would offer 300 rak’ahs of Salah every day.

What is the source for this?

 

Answer

Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement. ‘Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmad (rahimahumallah) says, “My father would offer 300 rak’ahs daily. When he became weak due to the torture and lashing he received, he would offer 150 rak’ahs of Salah and he was close to 80 years of age!”

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 9 pg. 181. Also see: Tarikhul Islam, vol. 10 pg. 1021 and Tahdhibut Tahdhib, vol. 1 pg. 74)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

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