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Hazrat Fudhail bin ‘Iyaadh (rahimahullah) once described Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) in the following words:

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was a Faqeeh (person blessed with the true understanding of Deen) and his mastery in the science of Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) is well known to all. He was renowned for his piety, and Allah Ta‘ala had blessed him with abundant wealth. He was known for his quality of showing kindness to those who sought assistance from him. He was steadfast and committed to imparting the knowledge of deen. He would pass the night in an excellent manner through engaging in the ‘ibaadah of Allah Ta‘ala. He would remain silent and would speak very little. However, when he would be asked a mas’alah regarding halaal and haraam, then he would speak and would guide the person towards the truth in an excellent and gentle manner. He would avoid accepting any wealth or gifts from the ruler. If Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was asked any mas’alah regarding which there was an authentic Hadith, he would follow the Hadith and practice upon it. In the case where he did not find a Hadith, but was informed regarding the narrations of the Sahaabah and Taabi‘een, then he would follow what he received from the Sahaabah and Taabi‘een. If Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) did not find any Hadith or narration of the Sahaabah and Taabi‘een, he would employ his ijtihaad and thereafter deduce the shar’ee ruling for the mas’alah.

(Tabyeedh-us-Saheefah pg. 123)

Sunday, 11 November 2018 06:35

The Humility of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) was greatly honored and held in high esteem by the people. However, despite the people respecting him, he always thought nothing of himself. Below are two incidents that highlight the humility of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah):

Muhammed bin Moosa reports that he once saw a person from Khuraasaan come to Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) and say to him, “All praise is due to Allah Ta‘ala who blessed me with the opportunity of seeing you!” Hearing the words of this man and the high position that he afforded him, Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) responded saying, “Wait! Why are you honoring me in this way? Really, I do not feel that I am worthy of this honor.”

On another occasion, a person praised Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) saying, “May Allah Ta‘ala reward you immensely on behalf of Islam for the great service you have done for deen!” Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) was affected by the praise to the point where his facial expression changed. Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) thereafter responded, “No! Rather, I owe everything to Islam for the goodness that I received through Islam. I therefore make du‘aa that Allah Ta‘ala grant me the ability to show true gratitude for the favour of Islam. Who am I? I do not feel myself worthy of any honor.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 11 pg. 225)

Abu Haatim, Hasan bin Ahmed (rahimahullah) reports the following:

Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) once addressed Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) and advised him saying, “Allah Ta‘ala has instilled a special noor and divine light within your heart. Do not extinguish this noor through committing sins and falling into the disobedience of Allah Ta‘ala.”

(Manaaqib-ush-Shaafi‘ee lilBayhaqi pg. 1/104)

Muthanna bin Sa’d Al-Qaseer narrates that he heard Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) mention, “Whenever I go to sleep at night, I am blessed with the mubaarak vision of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) in my dream.”

(Tazyeen-ul-Mamaalik pg. 33)

Hazrat Khaarijah bin Mus‘ab (rahimahullah) narrates the following incident:

On one occasion, the ruler, Mansoor, wished to give Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) ten thousand dirhams. He thus summoned Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) to come and collect the money.

When Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was summoned and learnt that the ruler wished to give him money, he immediately turned to me and asked me for advice saying, “This man is such that if I reject his money, he will be angered, and if I accept it, he will try to influence me and make me compromise in matters of deen.”

Saturday, 13 October 2018 04:15

The ‘Ibaadah of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) – Part Two

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‘Abdullah (rahimahullah), the son of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah), mentions:

I would often observe my respected father engaging in du‘aa at the time of sehri. He would make du‘aa for many people and would take their names when making du‘aa for them. He would make abundant du‘aa, and his du‘aa would be made in a soft voice.

Sunday, 07 October 2018 10:43

Not being Concerned about the Negative Remarks of People

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Yunus bin ‘Abdul A‘laa (rahimahullah) mentions the following:

Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) once said to me, “You will never be able to please and satisfy every person, and there is no way that you will be able to remain safe from the criticism and negative remarks of every person. Hence, do not be concerned about the negative remarks of people, but concern yourself with that which will benefit you and firmly hold onto it.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 10/89)

Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) once mentioned the following:

I would come to the home of Hazrat Naafi’ (rahimahullah), the freed slave of Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma), at midday. The home of Hazrat Naafi’ (rahimahullah) was situated on the outskirts of Baqee’.

Sunday, 16 September 2018 05:11

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) Treading the Path of Fiqh

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Imaam Zufar (rahimahullah), the student of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), reports that he once heard Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) mention the following, explaining how he had commenced acquiring the knowledge of Fiqh. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said:

Initially, I commenced studying and acquiring the knowledge of ‘Aqaa’id, until the time came when I was well known and renowned in this field. We would sit close to the gathering of Imaam Hammaad bin Abi Sulaimaan (rahimahullah).

One day, a woman came to me and asked me a mas’alah saying, “A man has a wife and he intends to divorce her in the correct Shar‘ee manner. How many talaaqs should he issue to her?” I did not know the answer, and so I instructed her to go to Imaam Hammaad (rahimahullah) and pose the question to him. I also told her to thereafter return to me and inform me of the answer that he gave. The woman went to Imaam Hammaad (rahimahullah) and enquired regarding the same mas’alah. Imaam Hammaad (rahimahullah) answered, “He should wait for her menses to complete and thereafter issue the talaaq in the state of purity wherein he did not engage in relations with her. He should thereafter allow her to complete her ‘iddat, after which it will be permissible for her to marry another man.”

Thursday, 06 September 2018 06:13

Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) Emulating the Sunnah

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Marroozi (rahimahullah) mentions:

I once saw Abu ‘Abdillah, Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah), stand to complete his ma’mool (apportioned amount) of tahajjud after approximately half the night had passed. He then remained engaged in completing it until it was close to the time of sehri. I also saw him performing nafl salaah (i.e. the sunnah of awwaabeen) between maghrib and ‘esha.

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa vol. 11 pg. 223)

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