Best to Follow Imaam Ahmad

JazakAllah khair brother for the previous fatwa sorry for my forgetfulness of saying Salamu Alaikum first , so brother Salamu Alaikum Warahmatullah.
i have been ”salafi” influenced for a long time and found out that it is more detailled then i thought.
i have a very specific question brother:
a lot of salafis make the following claims to me and i am not able to answer them:
1.why do you follow abo hanifa or malik not all the ahadith reached them so?
2.they say its best to follow imam ahmad because he was the last and most ahadith reached them
3.dont follow a madhhab at all because its best to follow the most authentic proof(i never understood this one because they rely on scholars aswell and their understanding of strongest proof)
4.they say: abo hanifa was weak in ahadith didnt memorize a lot of ahadith etc
these four claims by the salafis bothered me a bit and insha Allah you can clarify this issue a bit.

wa alaykumus salaam warahmatullah
Brother this question has been dealt with already but i will paste the answer i gave to the other questioner.
1. Imam Ahmad had most ahaadeeth in his time? Is there any proof to this statement? How nice to claim and not bring evidence forward. Very important is to realise that Shariah and fiqh is not only based on Ahaaseeth. Rather it requires knowledge of the 1. quraan 2. ahaadeeth 3. Ijmaa 4. Analogical reasoning (qiyaas) . Without these four things and the indepth knowledge of each there will be no Fiqh.We know that sayyidina Abu bakr radhiyallahu anhu was the most knowledgeable amongst the sahaabah, yet we only find a handful narrations from him. Also a hadeth may be saheeh yet we see the sahaabah radhiyallahu anhum did not practice on it due to it being mansukh 9abrogated). An example is the hadeeth of mak8ing tatbeeq in ruku. Such is the situation with raf yadain when going into sajdah and between the sajdahs. Having the most ahaadeeth does not qualify one to be the most learned. Although Sayyidina Abu hurairah radhiyallahu anhu was the sahaabi with the most narrations, yet he was not regarded amongst the great fuqahaa of the Sahaabah. This statement only shows the lack of knowledge of Shariah.
As for their claim that mam abu haniefah being weak in ahaadeeth , the following link will suffice inshaALLAH
https://jaamiahamidia.wordpress.com/2007/08/22/imaam-abu-haniefah-rahimaullaah-weak-in-hadeeth/

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