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Monday, 27 November 2017 05:38

The Taqwa of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was once owed an amount of money by a certain fire worshipper. He thus went to the house of the fire worshipper to request payment. However, as Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) arrived at the door of the fire worshipper, some najaasat (impurity) stuck to his sandal. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) shook the sandal to remove the impurity, and as the impurity was removed, it fell onto the wall of the fire worshipper’s home! Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was worried and perturbed. If he left the impurity on the wall, it would cause the wall to appear unsightly, and if he scraped it off, then some portion of the sand of the wall would also be removed.

 In this state of concern, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) knocked on the door of the fire worshipper. The door was answered by a female servant to whom Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said, “Tell your master that Abu Hanifah is at the door.” The fire worshipper came out to meet Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), worried that he had come to collect the outstanding money, and thus began to make excuses in earnest. However, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said to him, “We have a problem at hand that is far more important than the money. Look at the wall; how do we clean it without causing it damage?”

The fire worshipper was amazed at the character of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) and the concern that he displayed for the safety of the next person’s wealth. He thus proclaimed, “Before purifying the wall, I wish to purify myself by accepting Islam.” Saying this, he immediately brought Imaan.

(Tafseer Kabeer vol. 1 pg. 192)

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