Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim
Women Who Took Directly From Imam Ahmad
al-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
Other than the Mother of the Believers and a few other Companions (Allah be pleased with them all), little is told of our sisters' contributions to the religion. So here are a few examples of women who took directly from Imam Ahmad. These are taken from the work Muhya al-Din `Abd al-Rahman bin Muhammad bin `Abd al-Rahman al-`Ulaymi (860 - 928 AH) wrote entitled Al-Manhaj al-ahman fi tarajim ashab al-imam ahmad.
[Note: the number before each entry corresponds to the serial order of the biographies in the book. Entries have been paraphrased and abridged, particularly the one for Bish al-Hafi's sister.]
573 - Maymunah bint al-Aqra`, al-muta`abbidah [a women devoted to pious works]. She wrote many things directly from our Imam, including [what] Al-Marwadhi said
576 - `Abbasah bint al-Fadl. She was Imam Ahmad's wife and Salih's mother. Imam Ahmad praised her and she took knowledge from him. She died during his lifetime. Ahmad said, "Umm Salih was with me for twenty years. The two of us never disagreed over a single word."
577 - Rayhanah, the daughter of Imam Ahmad's paternal uncle. Imam Ahmad married her and she is `Abd Allah's mother. He married her when Umm Salih died. She possess a single eye. She lived with him for seven years. A few days after her marriage she asked Imam Ahmad whether he found anything objectionable about her. He replied, "No. Nothing other than the sandals [na`l] you wear. They did not exist during the age of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace)." So she sold them and bought maqtu` [I presume this is the name for the sandals during his time (Allah bless him and give him peace), sandals held on the foot by two peg-like strips]. She only gave birth to `Abd Allah.
578 - Husn, a slave that our Imam bought after the death of his wife Umm `Abd Allah. She gave birth to Umm `Ali, named Zaynab. She then gave birth to twins Al-Hasan and Al-Husein, who both died soon after their birth. She then gave birth to Al-Hasn and Muhammad, who matured and lived some forty years. She then gave birth to Sa`id, some fifty days before the Imam's death. Husn narrated many things from our Imam.
wa al-salamu `alaykum