Abu Bakr al-Khallal
Abu Bakr al-Khallal
Ahmad bin Muhammad
|Died||311 AH / 923 CE|
|Era||Islamic Golden Age|
Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Harun bin Yazid al-Baghdadi, better known as Abu Bakr al-Khallal, was a Medieval Muslim jurist.
Al-Khallal was a student of five of Ahmad ibn Hanbal's direct students, including Ibn Hanbal's son Abdullah. His documentation on Ibn Hanbal's views eventually reached twenty volumes and ultimately lead to the preservation of the Hanbali school of Islamic law. He was considered the principal Hanbalite scholar of his time.
Al-Khallal's exact date of birth is not known. He died in 923 at the age of 78, which means that he must have been born during Ibn Hanbal's twilight years. The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History estimates al-Khallal's year of birth as 848.
Aside from his legal efforts, virtually nothing is known of al-Khallal's life. During his efforts to compile the views of Ibn Hanbal, al-Khallal ended up spending periods of time living in Fars Province, Syria and Mesopotamia. According to Muslim historian Al-Dhahabi, there was no such thing as an independent Hanbalite school of law prior to al-Khallal's efforts at compiling Ibn Hanbal's views. Al-Khallal's status within the school was not universally accepted, and he and his students were often in conflict with fellow Hanbalite Al-Hasan ibn 'Ali al-Barbahari and his students.
The historian Dhahabi stated that, "Before him (al-Khallal) there were no independent school of the imam's; not until he followed up Ahmed's texts, wrote them down and checked there proofs after 300 A.H."
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