Thulaathiyyaat By Ahmad Ibn Hanbal
Author: Imaam Ahmad ibn Hanbal
Forward by: Shaykh Saalih ibn Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Aali Shaykh
Hardback: 332 Pages
Published: Aug. 2010
From the Publisher:
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, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, the seal of the Prophets, has been preserved. Thus the book of Allah and the sunnah of the Prophet provide evidence against mankind. One of the scholars through whom Allah preserved the sunnah was Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, 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 ahaadeeh with few narrators between the hadeeth reporter and the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. In fact, Imaam Ahmad reported more than three hundred "thulaathiyyaat". Ahaadeeth with only three narrators between him and the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. These ahaadeeth were reported from al-Musnad by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Saalim as-Saffaareenee al-Hanbalee, may Allaah have mercy upon him, in a separate book.
This example clearly points to the great care shown by hadeeth scholars to the Prophet's sunnah, as they were keen to compile the sunnah with the soundest chain 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: "Convery [whatever you learn] from me, even if it is just one verse." (Narrated by al-Bukhaaree)