Imam Ahmad’s (rahimahullah) extreme caution before coming to a conclusion on a fatwa

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Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) said: “I would spend three years thinking about one question before coming to a firm conclusion.”

Is there any reference for this quote?



Imam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement of Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah).

Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (rahimahullah) said: “At times, I would spend three years [pondering/researching over] an issue before coming to a firm conclusion.”

(Manaqibul Imam Ahmad, pg. 359)


This demonstrates the piety and extreme measure of caution Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) would exercise at times before coming to a conclusive verdict.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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