As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
Subhaanallah, I was looking for a good article I had on the bio of Imam Ahmed ibn Hanbal that I once had. It explained the particular dispute he had with the Mu’tazilah caliphs regarding the Qur’an. They, the Mu’tazilah transgressed the boundries of the correct belief in the Names & Attributes of Allah by interpreting the fact that Allah’s speach and His Book, the Qur’an was created. They wanted ibn Hanbal to say that they were right and tell all the people that the Qur’an was created. He refused. He outlived 3 of the caliphs who imprisoned him. The last one, Mu’tassim finally submitted to Hanbal and released him from prison. Below is the famous narrative of what Hanbal said in relation to this issue and the argument he used to convince Mu’tassim. Alhamdulillah, at the same time I was looking for this info, Eman Hamed sent this to me without knowing of my search. Subhaanallah wa bi hamdeh.
Asalamu 3aleikum wa rahmatulahi wa barakatuhu to my sisters :
please read this beautiful true story i read masha Allah
Excerpt from the biography of Imam Ahmad found in ” Foundations of the Sunnah ” (published by spubs)