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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 thereafdter 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)

Thursday, 16 August 2018 04:37

The Path of Moderation when Interacting with People

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

Hazrat Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) once said to me, “O Yunus! Staying away from people and totally refraining from interacting with them will create enmity in their hearts for you. On the other hand, associating with people too much will cause you to fall into bad company. You should thus adopt the path of moderation by neither associating with people too much, nor completely cutting yourself off from them.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 10/89)

Khalaf bin ‘Umar (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

I once heard Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) mention, “I did not commence issuing fatwas until I consulted those ‘Ulamaa who were more knowledgeable than myself and sought their opinion. I asked them, ‘Do you regard me capable and worthy of issuing fatwas?’ I asked the great Imaams, Imaam Rabee‘ah (rahimahullah) and Imaam Yahya bin Sa‘eed (rahimahullah), if they felt me to be worthy of issuing fatwas, and they instructed me to serve in this deeni position.”

I then asked Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah), “What would you have done had they prohibited you from issuing fatwas?” Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) replied, “If they prohibited me from issuing fatwas, I would have certainly refrained. It is not correct for a person to consider himself worthy of any position and engage in it before he first seeks the approval of those who have more knowledge than him.”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 8/62)

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 07:02

Spending the Entire Night in ‘Ibaadah

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Laith bin Khaalid (rahimahullah) narrates the following from one of the students of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah):

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) would perform abundant nafl salaah during the night. On one occasion, I saw him stand in salaah and recite the entire Qur’aan Majeed until Surah Takaathur. When he reached Surah Takaathur, he continued to recite it over and over again until the time of Tahajjud had ended and he completed his salaah.”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 229)

Wednesday, 25 July 2018 04:55

The Character of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Abu Bakr Marroozi (rahimahullah) once explained the character of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) by mentioning the following:

Abu ‘Abdillah, Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah), would not behave ignorantly, and if any person behaved ignorantly towards him, he would exercise tolerance and forbearance and would say, “Allah Ta‘ala is sufficient for me.” He would not harbor malice for anyone, nor would he act on impulse. He was extremely humble, displayed excellent character and was always seen smiling. He was soft in his approach when interacting with people and was never found to be harsh. If he liked any person, then his love would be for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala, and if he disliked some person, then his dislike would be for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala. If any aspect of Deen was violated, he would become extremely angry for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala. He would tolerate and endure the harm and inconvenience which was caused to him by his neighbors.

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 11/220-221)

Hazrat Yahya bin Ma‘een (rahimahullah) was once seated with Imaam Ahmed bin Hambal (rahimahullah) when Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) passed by, riding his mule. On seeing Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) immediately stood up and went behind him in order to greet him with salaam. Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) thereafter spoke to Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah) for some time. After speaking to Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah), Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah) returned to Hazrat Yahya bin Ma‘een (rahimahullah) who had remained seated and did not wake up to go and greet Imaam Shaafi‘ee (rahimahullah).

Wednesday, 11 July 2018 07:14

Forgiving those who Oppressed him

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Ja’far bin Sulaimaan, the ruler of Madinah Munawwarah, had mercilessly beaten Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) on account of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) passing the fatwa that the divorce of a compelled man is invalid (as is the mazhab of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah).

Later on, when the ruler, Mansoor, performed Haj (and came to Madinah Munawwarah), he offered to seek revenge for Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) from Ja’far bin Sulaimaan. However, Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) refused and said, “May Allah forbid! By Allah! Before the whip could lift from my body, I had already forgiven him, on account of him being related to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).”

Thursday, 05 July 2018 06:49

The Outlook of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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Bakr bin Ja’far (rahimahullah) narrates the following:

Sometimes, a person would enter into the presence of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) and would begin to speak about other people saying, “Such-and-such transpired to so-and-so.” When the man would wish to speak further about other people, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) would prevent him from doing so saying, “Leave the topic which you are in (i.e. leave discussing other people’s lives). What do you say about this deeni mas’alah?” In this manner, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) would prevent him from speaking further about people (and would divert his attention to another topic).

Saturday, 30 June 2018 15:49

The Generosity of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah)

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Abu Sa‘eed Al-Mu’addib once mentioned the following to ‘Abdullah (rahimahullah), the son of Imaam Ahmed (rahimahullah):

I would come to your father and he would give me three dirhams. Sometimes he would give me a little more than that and sometimes he would give me a little less than that. He would sit with me and speak to me. On some occasions, he would give me something and would thereafter mention, “I have given you half of what we have with us.”

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