Status of Imam e Azam Abu Hanifa Rh. (Part 1)
IMAM E AZAM ABU HANIFA ؒ – THE TABI’EE (ONE WHO SAW OR
MET THE COMPANIONS OF THE PROPHET ﷺ )
From the scholars of the past there are 4 outstanding scholars through whom Allah benefited the Ummah immensely. From these four Imams, only Imam Abu Hanifa Noman bin Thabit Rh had the honour and privilege of meeting the Companions of the Prophet .
Hafiz ibn Hajar Al Asqalani Rh.(d:852H) stated: ‘Imam Abu Hanifa Rh. was born in the year 80 Hjiri. At that time, Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Abi Awfa (d:87H) was residing in Kufah.
Allamah Zahabi Rh.d:748H) writes: ‘When Sayyidina Anas bin Malik (d:93H) came to Kufah, Imam Abu Hanifa Rh.met and sat in his company many times’. (Tazkiratul Huffaz, vol1, p147/ Tehzeeb ut Tehzeeb, vol10, p449)
Hafiz ibn Kathir Rh. (d:774H) writes: ‘Imam Abu Hanifa Rh. saw Sayyidina Anas bin Malik . Some scholars state that Imam Abu Hanifa Rh.attained Hadith from 7 Companions of the Prophet ’. (Al Bidayah wal Nihayah, vol 10, p107)
Allamah Suyuti Rh.has written in his book ‘Tabyeedul Sahifa’ the narrations from these 7 Companions (The 7 Companions mentioned are: Sayyidina Anas bin Malik , Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Abi Awfa , Sayyidina Abdullah bin Harith , Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Unays (d:94H), Sayyidina Wathila bin Asq’a , Sayyidah Ayesha bint Ajrad , Sayyidina Muaqal bin Yasar . (Dars SunanTirmidhi, vol1, p92)
An example of the Hadith related from Anas bin Malik : Imam Abu Hanifa relates from Sayyidina Anas bin Malik from the Prophet . He said: ‘The seeking of knowledge is incumbent upon every Muslim.’ (Tabyeedul Sahifa bi Manaqib Imam Abu Hanifa).
Imam Abu Hanifa Rh. met other Sahabah Companions ; Sayyidina Malik bin Huwayrith (d:94H), Sayyidina Mahmood bin Labeed (d:99H), Sayyidina Sahl bin Haneef (d:100H), Sayyidina Harmaas bin Ziyad Al Bahili (d:102H), Sayyidina Abu Tafayl Aamil bin Wathila (d:110H).
Allamah ibn Hajar Makki Shafi’ Rh. (d:975H) writes: ‘Imam Abu Hanifa Rh. was from amongst the senior of the Tabi’een. About this group Allah says: ‘also those who followed them exactly (in Faith). Allah is well-pleased with them as they are well-pleased with Him..’ (s9,v100). This was an honour and favour which Allah bestowed upon Imam Abu Hanifa Rh. (Al Khairatul Hasaan, p51)
Innumerable Muhaddith and scholars of the past have recorded the fact of Imam Abu Hanifa Rh. from being amongst the Tabi’een. (Tazkira Muhaditheen, vol 1, p5).
May Allah safeguard all of us from speaking ill of any great scholar of the past, and may he give us the ability to follow in the footsteps of these great personalities so that we may be successful ,