Today the 2nd of Shaban is the death anniversary of The Greatest Faqih and Master of the Islamic Sciences Imam al-Azam Abu Hanifa (RadiAllahu Anhu). May Allah Azzawajal shower His blessings on his blessed soul and protect his followers and lovers and for His sake forgive us for our sins. Ameen
Narrated by Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi Allahu anhu) :
RasoolAllahﷺ said, “Even if the Deen would be on Surayya, then a person from among the Persians would get it from there.” (Sahih Muslim 4/1972, #2546)
Imaam Jalal-ud-din Suyuti (rah) who is renowned to be Mujaddad of 9th century remarked about this hadith : “In this hadith, RasoolAllahﷺ has given glad tidings about Imaam Abu Hanifa.”
Tabiyiz As-Saheefa bi Manaaqib Abi Hanifa, p.32
Khayraat Al-Hisaan : Allama Ibn Hajar Makki, p.24
Imam Shafi’i (Rahimahullah) says: “Whoever wants deep understanding of the Qur’an and Sunnah, then he is dependent upon Abu Hanifah.” (Tahzib al-Kamal, p.434 vol.29)
Imam Hafiz al-Dhahabi (rah) has written under the biography of Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) in Siyar A‘lam al-Nubala:
“And he took an interest in seeking hadiths and travelled for this. As for fiqh and being precise in providing an opinion and its innermost points, he was at the top. And people are his children in that…”
Imam Shafi’i (Rahimahullah) reports that Imam Malik (Rahimahullah) was asked if he had met Abu Hanifa (Rahimahullah)? His reply was:
Yes, I have seen a person who, if he says he could turn this pillar into gold, would be able to provide evidence for it. (Taareekh Al-Baghdad : Khateeb Baghdaadi, v.13, p.338/ Khayraat Al-Hisaan : Allama Ibn Hajar Makki, p.12/ Tehzeeb-ul-Kamaal : Yusuf bin Abd Ar-Rahman Mizzi, v.29, p.429)
Imam Shafi’i (Rahimahullah) also said:
People are dependent on Abu Hanifa in the field of jurisprudence (Tahdhib al-Tahdhib 10:450).
Imaam Shafi’i (Rahimahullah) said, “All those who study fiqh are the children of Imaam Abu Hanifa. Those who want to understand fiqh should cling to Imaam Abu Hanifa and his students.” (Khayraat Al-Hisaan : Allama Ibn Hajar Makki, p.12)
Makki ibn Ibrahim (Rahimahullah) once remembered Imam Abu Hanifa (rah) and said:
He was the greatest scholar of his time (I’la’ al-sunan 18:308).
Makki ibn Ibrahim was the Shaykh of Imam Bukhari (rah) through whom Imam Bukhari has transmitted most of his narrations whose chains reach the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم through only three transmitters [thulathiyyat].
Even Ibn Taymiyyah couldn’t stop from telling the truth. Ibn Taymiyyah says: There is no doubt regarding Imam Abu Hanifah Rahmatullah alayh’s knowledge, people later attributed many lies to Imam Abu Hanifah Rahmatullah alayh, which were all untrue. The aim of such writings was to taint Imam Abu Hanifah Rahmatullah alayh. [Minhaaj Al Sunnah Al Nabaweea, Vol./1, page. 259, By Hafidhh Ibn Taymiyyah]
Imam Abdullah Ibn al-Mubarak (rah): “The most knowledgeable of human beings in Fiqh (Understanding the Qur’an and Sunnah) is Abu Hanifah. I have never seen anyone like him in Fiqh.” (Imam Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani, Tahdhib al-Tahdhib, p.229 vol.4)
NOTE: Imam Ibn Hajr al-Asqalani (rah) was a Shafii Sunni scholar of Islam who represents the entire realm of the Sunni world in the field of Hadith. He is also known as Shaykh al Islam.
Imam Mugairah (the teacher of Imaam Sufyan Thawri) said, “Sit in the gatherings of Imaam Abu Hanifa (rah) and you will understand Deen. If Imaam Ibraheem Nahkee had been alive, even he would have sat in his company.” (Manaaqib Imaam Abi Hanifa wa Ashaaba : Imaam Dhahaabi, p.18)
Imaam Muhammad bin Bashar says, “When I used to go to the gatherings of Imaam Sufyaan Thawri (rah), he would ask me, “From where are you coming?” I would say, “From the gathering of Imaam Abu Hanifa.” He would say, “Verily you have come from the gathering of the greatest Faaqih on the face of the earth.” (Taareekh Al-Baghdad : Khateeb Al-Baghdaadi, 13/344/ Uqood Al Jumaan fee Manaaqib Al-Imaam Al-Azam Nu’maan : Imaam Saalihi, p.190)
Imam Qaasim bin Man (rahimahullah), the great grandson of Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Masood (RadiAllahu anhu) was asked why he sat in the gatherings of Imaam Abu Hanifa (rahimahullah).
He replied, “There is no gathering superior to that of Imaam Abu Hanifa.” (Akhbaar Abi Hanifa wa Ashaaba : Imaam Samri, p.76)
When Imam Shafi’i (rahimahullah) went to the grave of Imaam Abu Hanifa (rahimahullah) in Baghdad to pay respect, he prayed 2 rakaats without doing Raf Al-Yadayn.
Someone asked him the reason for not doing Raf Al-Yadayn.
Imaam Shaafi replied, “I did not do it out of the adab of this Imaam.” (Khayraat Al-Hisaan, Allama Ibn Hajar Makki, p.15-16)
When Imaam Abu Hanifa (rahimahullah) visited Rauza-e-Aqdasﷺ, he said, “As-salaamu alaika Yaa Sayyid Al-Mursaleen.”
The voice from Rauza-e-Aqdasﷺ replied, “Wa alaikum as-salaam Yaa Imaam Al-Muslimeen.”
(Tazkiratul Awliya : Shaykh Fareed Ad Deen Attar, p.138)
Al Fatiha for the blessed Soul !!!