Status of Imam Abu Hanifa in Hadith + Free PDF

Some 10 narrations on Imam Abu Hanifa’s r.a status in Hadith

Below are some narrations that proves the high status of Abu hanifa r.a in Hadith, he is Ameer ul Mominen Fil Hadith and after spending some time I was able to find a free PDF Book which i first read myself and now I’m giving you, link is in the bottom of this page. also, it’s not limited to these narrations only, there are  a lot of narrations in the praise of abu hanifa’s knowledge in hadith these are just 10 narrations.

Imām Abū Yūsuf mentions, “I have never seen anyone more knowledgeable regarding the commentary of Hadīth than Abū Hanīfah. He had more insight than me regarding authentic narrations.” [al-Haytamī, al-Khayrāt al-Hisān, 24,61]

Imām Abū Yūsuf was that personality regarding whom the Imām of al-Jarh wa al-Ta‘dīl and the king of the Huffāż (expert hadith memorizers) [al-Dhahabī in al-Tadhkirah, 465]

Yahya ibn Ma‘īn said, “Among the Ahl al-Ra’y, I have never seen anyone more reliable in Hadīth, retaining, and authentic in transmission than Abū Yūsuf.”[Al-Dhahabī, al-Manāqib, 40] It should be noted that Ibn Ma‘īn never met Abū Hanīfah, so it cannot be said, “Why did he specifically mention Abū Yūsuf and not Abū Hanīfah?” Imām Abū Yūsuf mentions: Whenever Abū Hanīfah was determined upon a view, I would go to the scholars of Kūfah in search of a prophetic narration or non-prophetic narration in support of his view. Sometimes I would find two or three narrations, which I would present to him. Regarding some of those narrations, he would say, “This is unauthentic or unknown.” [Al-Dhahabī, al-Manāqib, 61]

Kūfah was that place where one thousand five hundred Companions settled and filled with knowledge. Rather, Ibn Mas‘ūd (Allāh be pleased with him) himself filled it with knowledge according to the testimony of ‘Ali ibn Abī Tālib (Allāh be pleased with him). [Kawtharī, Fiqh Ahl al-‘Irāq, 40; al-Bannūrī, Ma‘ārif al-Sunan, 252:1]

When  Commander of the Faithful Alī ibn Abu talib (Allāh be pleased with him) arrived in Kūfah, Sayyedina Abdullah Ibn Mas‘ūd (Allāh be pleased with him) and his students came to receive him such that they covered the horizon. When ‘Alī (Allāh be pleased with him) saw them, he remarked, “You have filled this city with knowledge and understanding.” [Al-Sarakhsī, al-Mabsūt, 68:16]

Yahyā ibn Ādam, one of Imām al-Bukhāri’s teacher in his al-Sahīh, says, “Indeed, the Hadīth contain abrogating narrations and abrogated narrations, like the Qur’ān. Imām Abū Hanīfah gathered all the knowledge of his townsmen and thus he saw the final practice of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and accepted that, by virtue of which he was a jurist. [Al-‘Alā’ al-Bukhārī, Kashf al-Asrār, 16:1]

Al-Hasan ibn Sālih, a reliable jurist  mentions: ”Abū Hanīfah was particular about searching for the abrogating narrations (al-nāsikh) and the abrogated narrations (al-mansūkh), so that he may practice upon what is established from the Prophet and his Companions. He was well versed with the narrations and fiqh of the people of Kūfah, and was a staunch adherent of the practice of his townsmen. He also said, “…He knew the final practice of the Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings be upon him), upon which he passed away, that reached the people of his city.” [Al-Saymarī, Akhbār Abī Hanīfah wa Ashābih, 11]

Al-Tufī al-Hanbalī writes: In brief, he [Imām Abū Hanīfah] certainly did not oppose the Sunnah out of stubbornness. Whatever he went against was based on ijtihād due to clear proofs and suitable evidences, which are available to people. Very few of his opponents were just in their assessment. If he erred, he will receive one reward, and if he was correct, he will receive two rewards. Those who criticize him are either jealous or ignorant concerning the places of ijtihād…The final stance authentically recorded from Imām Ahmad is that he mentioned him positively and praised him.”  [Al-Tūfī, Sharh Rawdat al-Nāżir, 290:3]

Ibn `Abd al-Barr relates in”Al-Intiqa’”: Abd Allah ibn Ahmad al-Dawraqi said: “Ibn Ma’inn was asked about Abu Hanifah as I was listening, so he said, “He is trustworthy (thiqatun), I never heard that anyone had weakened him.”  No less than Shu’ba wrote to him [for narrations], and ordered him to narrate hadith.’

Muhammad Sa‘d al-‘Uwfi said, I heard Yahya ibn Ma‘in say,‘Abu Hanifah was reliable (thiqah), he did not narrate a hadith except that which he remembered and did not narrate that which he did not.’’ [Ref – 1)Imam Dhahabi, Siyar Alam al-Nubala, Volume 6, Page No: 395 Click Here for Scanned Page (194) 2) Imam Mizzi, Tahzeeb ul Kamal, Volume 29, Page No: 424 Click Here for Scanned Page (201) 3)Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani in Tahdhib ut Tahdhib, Volume No.10, Page No. 401  and Volume No. 10, Page No. 45]

Salih bin Muhammad al-Asadi narrates from (Yahya) bin Ma’een who said: Abu Hanifa is “THIQA IN HADITH” Abu Wahb and Muhammad bin Mazaham said that they heard Imam Ibn al-Mubarak say: Abu Hanifa is a greater faqih than all people and I have not seen anyone of his match in Fiqh [Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani in Tahdhib ut Tahdhib, Volume No.10, Page No. 401, Narrator no: 819(Online) and Volume No. 10, Page No. 450 ]

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