Heres an easy to understand explanation of Imaam Ahmad's Usool us-Sunnah. It was originally in Arabic by Shaykh Usaamah Qoosee...but I cut the Arabic out and just left the English translations by Brother Abu Usaamah adh-Dhahabi.
A Lengthy explanation of the first three points from "Foundations of the Sunnah " -By Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d.241H)
Aboo ’Abdullaah Ahmad Ibn Hanbal– rahimahullaah – say: “The Fundamental Principles of the Sunnah with us are: Clinging to that which the Companions of the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) were upon, taking them as our example to be followed, avoiding innovation; and every innovation is misguidance.”
Aqeedah & Manhaj Of Imaam Ahmad -  - [Arabic/English] - Shaykh Alee Hasan Al-Halabee
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