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20 I SPECIAL FEATURE Passion Islam I August 2008
Imaam Abu
Hanifah (RA)
Imaam of Imaams; Lamp of the Ummah; where the ranked Hadhrat Abdullah Ibn lived due to Imaam Abu Hanifah’ s father’s
Leader of the Jurists and Mujtahideen; Mas’ud (R.A.) and Hadhrat Abu Huraira death. Subsequently, he supported the
Hafize-Hadith Hadhrat Imaam Abu (R. A.) had previously resided. family business.
Hanifah (R.A) was a prestigious Mujtahid, Imaam Sahib’s upbringing and
Muhaddith, authoritative person, truthfully education was achieved in such a reputed MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD
spoken, abstinent, wise, and pious. educational centre, and he reaped much Silk Merchant.
A great many Muhadditheen and Hanafi, advantage from the Ulamaa of Haramain.
Shafi’ee, Maaliki and Hanbali Ulamaa ADVANCEMENT
are in unison with regards to Imaam LINEAGE OF KNOWLEDGE
Sahib’s strengths and virtues. Thousands Nu’maan ibn Thabit Ibn Zuta Ibn Maah\ At the age of 22 years much spare time
of literary works have been compiled by lbn Marzubaan. (Difference of opinion lies was spent in debating. In this period of
Imaam Abu Hanifah (R. A.). Amongst the only in choice of wording not name.) time Imaam Sha’bee (R. A.) advised
Imaams ‘Imaam-e-Aazam’ (Greatest of Imaam Abu Hanifah ( R.A.) to associate
the Imaams ) was the address of Imaam YEAR & PLACE himself with a scholar.
Abu Hanifah (RA.) alone. A great group of of BIRTH Being unable to answer a query
Ulamaa and Muhadditheen remained the 80 A.H. Kufa, Iraq. regarding the correct Sunnah procedure
followers of Imaam Abu Hanifah (RA.), and of divorce, Imaam Abu Hanifah began
more than half of the Ummah of Prophet RENOWNED ADDRESS to join the gatherings of lmam Hammad
Muhammed Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam Imaam-e-Aazam \ Abu Hanifah (R. A.). (R. A), (student of Hadhrat Anas (RA.) ),
are, till this day, followers also. disposing of his works as a debator. For the
He was born in the era of the Companions SPECIAL ATTRIBUTE next ten consecutive years he remained
(R.A.). Abstinent, God fearing, generous, It has been unanimously agreed that the student of Imaam Hammad (R.A.).
knowledgeable and virtuous are all Imaam Abu Hanifah (RA.) was a Taabi‘ee. After two years, for a period of two months
attributes collectively found of Imaam Abu There are various differing quotes Imaam Hammad took a sudden leave to
Hanifah (R.A.). concerning the number of Companions Basra ( due to his relative’s death) leaving
His origination is in Kufa, which at the seen by Imaam Sahib. Sahib-e-Ikmaal Imaam Abu Hanifah (R. A.) to continue his
time, was the greatest centre of ahaadith. narrates a total of 26, whilst Hafiz Ibn works in Kufa. Imaam Abu Hanifah (R. A.)
As, in Kufa thousands of Companions Hajr quotes 8. The most opposed view is remained Imaam Hammad’s student for a
(R. A.) of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi that of Hafiz Almizzi whom has stated 72 further 8 years.
Wasallam had resided there; more Companions (R. A.).
than one thousand jurists were born MOST EMINENT
in Kufa of which one hundred and fifty ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE TEACHER OF
were Companions of the Holy Prophet Primary, basic Islamic teachings were JURISPRUDENCE
Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. Kufa, was acquired as a child, which were short Imaam Hammad (R A)
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