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The Story of Imam Ahmed and the Baker


Story of Imam Ahmed and the Baker :

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The Story of Forgiveness : Story of Imam Ahmad and the Baker

This story about “Istighfar” is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hanbal. And do you know who was Imam Ahmed bin hambal? He is considered as a renowned scholar of Islam and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hanbali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most celebrated Sunni theologians, often referred to as the “Sheikh ul-Islam” or the “Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah.”

During his old age, while Imam Ahmed was travelling he stopped by a town. After the prayers, he wanted to stay for the night in the masjid yard because he didn’t know anyone in the town. Owing to his humility, he hadn’t introduced himself to anyone thinking that if he did, he would be welcomed by many people.

Failing to recognize Ahmed bin Hanbal, the caretaker of the mosque refused to let him stay in the mosque. As Imam Ahmed was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the mosque.

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On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for this man (Imam Ahmed) and offered to be the host to him for the night. During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmed observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfar (seek forgiveness from Allah).

Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant practice of saying Istighfar had any effect on him.

The baker responded by telling Imam Ahmed that Allah had accepted all of his duas (supplications), except one.

When he asked him what dua was it that hadn’t been accepted, the baker replied that he had been asking Allah to provide him the privilege to meet the famous scholar Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal.

On this, Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal said that Allah had not only listened to his dua but had dragged him onto his (the baker’s) doorsteps.

story of imam ahmed and the baker
Story of Imam Ahmed and the Baker

This story is a reminder of the power of saying Istighfar (seeking forgiveness) frequently. Let’s remember that the prophet used to say Istighfar frequently during the day. Tafseer Al-Qurtubi states:

  • A man complained to Al-Hasan about a drought, and he said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”
  • Another man complained to him of poverty and he said to him: “Pray to Allah to forgive you.”
  • Another man said to him: “Pray to Allah to bless me with a child.” He said: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”
  • Another complained to him that his garden was dry. He said to him: “Pray to Allah for forgiveness.”

He was asked about it and he said: “This is not my personal opinion, for Allah says in Surah Nooh (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord, verily, He is Oft Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” Tafseer Al-Qurtubi (18/301-302)

One of the narrators of a Hadith was asked about the manner in which forgiveness is to be sought, to which he answered: “The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) used to say: ‘Astaghfirullah! Astaghfirullah! (I beseech Allah for forgiveness, I beseech Allah for forgiveness)’.” [Sahih Muslim].

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The Power of Astaghfar: Story of Imam Ahmed and the Baker

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  1. avatar of shaheen

    Jazakallahu khair sis for wonderfull article

  2. avatar of madiha

    jazak allah khair .. was feling so sad

  3. avatar of annna

    Love this thank you for sharing

  4. avatar of smh

    Jazakillahu khair
    Keep doing like this kind of articles
    May Allah Subhanavataala bless you and your family in this life and here after

  5. avatar of aslee

    Jazhakallahu khairan sis… Alhamdulilah ur article helps all … Thanks a lot…

    1. avatar of aafia

      Wa Iyyaki .
      Remember me in your Prayers Sis, and do keep coming again..

  6. avatar of samiha

    Really a touching and inspiring story…. Makes my trust and bond with allah more stronger….. Thanks for spreading awareness on the greatness of allah…. May everyone read this and follow his path may everyones mistakes be forgiven upon reading this…inshallah ameen

  7. avatar of sadiya a khan
    Sadiya A Khan

    Jazakallah khair!aye Allah accept our tawbah and accepts our supplications. Ameen

  8. avatar of israt

    I am really pleased to know that valuable dua. Definitely I shall practice this dua. InshaAllah I shall find peace of mind through this dua.

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    1. avatar of aafia

      Walekum Assalam.

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