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Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) (33)

Saturday, 20 March 2021 10:21

The Tolerance of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was a mountain of forbearance and tolerance. He maintained his composure in every situation and always conducted in accordance to the sunnah.

Below are some of the observations and testimonies of the contemporaries of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) in regard to his high level of tolerance and forbearance:

Yazeed bin Haaroon (rahimahullah) once praised Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) mentioning, “I never saw a person with more tolerance and forbearance than Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah).”

Yazeed bin Kummait (rahimahullah) reports the following incident:

I once observed Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) when a certain person came to him and began to insult him. The person called Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) a ‘zindeeq’ (one who is deviated). Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) remained calm and composed and gently said to the person, “May Allah Ta‘ala forgive you for what you have said. Allah Ta‘ala knows that what you have said, regarding me, is false and untrue.”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 270)

There was once a man in Kufah who would speak ill of Hazrat ‘Uthmaan (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) by calling him a Jew.

One day, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) approached this man and said to him, “I have come to you with a marriage proposal.” The man asked, “Whose hand are you proposing for?” Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) replied, “I am asking for your daughter’s hand, and the proposal is from a man who is noble, wealthy and a haafiz of the Qur’aan Majeed. He is generous, stands in salaah the entire night and weeps excessively due to the fear of Allah Ta‘ala.”

Yahya bin Khaalid (rahimahullah) narrates:

Once, Ebrahim bin ‘Uyainah was imprisoned on account of an outstanding debt which amounted to more than forty-thousand dirhams. Hence, some of his friends went to different people collecting funds to pay his debt and secure his release.

When they came to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), he enquired, “How much is his debt?” They replied, “It is more than forty-thousand dirhams.” Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) next asked, “Have you already collected money from others?” When they replied in the affirmative, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said, “Return whatever money you have collected to those from whom you took it. I will settle the entire debt that he is owing.”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 235)

Monday, 07 September 2020 17:46

Kindness to His Debtor

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Shaqeeq bin Ebrahim (rahimahullah) mentions:

On one occasion, I was walking along the road with Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), proceeding to visit a person who was sick. As we were walking, a certain person (who was on the same road) saw Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) from afar. As he saw Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), he tried to hide from him and began to walk on a different road.

Sunday, 12 July 2020 17:40

Love and Respect for the ‘Ulamaa

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Mis‘ar (rahimahullah) reports:

Whenever Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) would purchase anything for his family, he would spend the same amount of money which he spent on his family on the senior ‘Ulamaa of the time. Even if he purchased clothing for his family, he would purchase clothing to the same value for the ‘Ulamaa as well.

Likewise, when fruit and dates would arrive in Kufah, and he wished to purchase them for himself and his family, then he would not forget the senior ‘Ulamaa of the time. Hence, he would first purchase the fruit, dates, etc. for the ‘Ulamaa, and thereafter purchase them for his own family.

(Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 233)

Sunday, 14 June 2020 18:02

Honoring the Qur’aan Majeed

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Ismaa‘eel bin Hammaad bin Abi Hanifah (rahimahullah) reports the following:

When Hammaad, the son of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), completed learning Surah Faatihah, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) gave his son’s Ustaad five hundred dirhams as a gift.

According to another narration, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) gave the Ustaad one thousand dirhams as a gift.

Some narrations mention that when the Ustaad received the gift, he asked, “What have I done for which Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) has sent me this gift?” When Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) heard of this, he called the Ustaad and said, “Do not consider that which you taught my son to be small or insignificant! By Allah! If we possessed more wealth at this time, we would have given it to you out of respect and honor for the Qur’aan Majeed!”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 231, Akhbaar Abi Hanifah wa Ashaahibhi lis-Saymari pg. 58)

Hasan bin Ziyaad (rahimahullah) mentions:

On one occasion, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) noticed that a certain person seated in his gathering was wearing clothing that was tattered and old. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) asked this person to remain seated after the majlis (gathering) had terminated.

The man did as requested and waited after the majlis, until all the other people had dispersed. Once they were alone, Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) said to him, “Lift the musallah.” When the man lifted the musallah, he saw that there were a thousand dirhams beneath it. Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) then commanded him to take the money and said to him, “Use this money to fulfill your needs and improve your condition.”

(‘Uqood-ul-Jummaan pg. 231)

Mansoor bin Haashim reports:

We were once in the company of Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) in Qaadisiyyah when a man from Kufah came to him and began to speak ill of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah). Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Mubaarak (rahimahullah) reproached the man saying, “Woe to you! How can you speak ill of a man who performed ‘esha and fajr with the same wudhu for forty five years (due to spending the entire night in salaah), and he would recite the entire Qur’aan Majeed in one night in two rakaats of salaah, and I acquired the knowledge of Fiqh with which I was blessed from none other than him?”

(Tabyeedh-us-Saheefah pg. 136)

On one occasion, a person buried some wealth in a certain place for safekeeping, but subsequently forgot where he had buried it. He thus came to Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) and laid his complaint before him, asking if he could assist in any way.

Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) responded, “Your question is not related to fiqh. Hence, there is no mas’alah for me to work out. Nevertheless, you should go home and perform salaah the entire night until the morning, as you will then remember where you buried your wealth.”

Sunday, 24 February 2019 06:27

The Night of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah)

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Abul Juwairiyah (rahimahullah) mentions the following:

I was blessed with the opportunity to spend time in the company of Hammaad bin Abi Sulaimaan (rahimahullah), ‘Alqamah bin Marthad (rahimahullah), Muhaarib bin Dithaar (rahimahullah) and ‘Awn bin ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah). I was also blessed with the opportunity to spend time in the company of Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), and I did not find any person who spent his night more excellently than Imaam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah). I spent six months in his company, and during the entire period of six months, I never once saw him lie down and sleep at night (i.e. every night, he would spend the entire night performing salaah).

(Tabyeedh-us-Saheefah pg. 126)

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