Al-Imam Ahmad Ibn Nasr Al-Khuza’I A Leader of Scholars, A Leader of Martyrs “So from their guidance, take an example” [. Al-An’am : 90] By Al-Hdfith Ibn Kathir (May Allah have mercy upon him) With Commentary by Shaykh Abul-Munthir As-Sa’idi Of Al-Jama’ah Al-Islamiyyah Al-Muqatilah (Libya) (May Allah preserve him and assist him) Translated with slight edition by At-Tibyan Publications
AL-IMAM AHMAD IBN NASR AL-KHUZA’I
He had felt a danger threatening the ‘Aqidah of Ahl As-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah, he could not keep himself confined within his house, nor was he satisfied with sweet words which could be uttered equally by both, the Mu’min and the Munafiq. ..
Rather, he plunged into the perilous which none but men can traverse, and he climbed that difficult ascension – excluding those upon whom Allah makes it easy –
and began to gather the Believers of Ahl As-Sunnah around him, and incited them to protect their ‘ Aqidah and defend their Din, and to fight against the Mubtadi’ (Deviant) Ruler, Al-Wathiq, who had tortured the ‘Ulama till they gave into his claim of the “Khalq Al-Qur’an” (lit. the Creation of the Qur’an).
But the Imam did not accept to be subdued with regards to his Din, nor did he sell his ‘Aqidah for a miserable gain such as a ministry of the government, or a dignitary position, or wealth and money…
Nor did he search for justifications, such as “Maslahah” (“the best interest and benefit”) – with which the “scholars” of today have been mesmerized, excluding upon whom Allah has had mercy.
Thus, this courageous Imam did not cease mobilizing the forces and gathering the resources together…
But Allah had willed a different matter – that he be killed by the sword of Al-Wathiq himself.