Who is Imam Abu Hanifa – Short Bio


Name: Nuʿmān ibn Thābit ibn Zūṭā ibn Marzubān ( أبو حنيفة نعمان بن ثابت بن زوطا بن مرزبان‎‎)

Kunya/epithet:  Abu Hanifah (أبو حنيفة)

Title(s): Imam al Adham and Sirāj al-A’imma – The great Imam and Lamp of the leaders

Birth: Kufa, Iraq: 8th Century – 80 years After Hijra

Death: Baghdad, Iraq:  15th Rajab 150ah aged 70

Ethnicity: Persian by heritage

Era: Islamic Golden Age

Founder: Leader of the Hanafi school of jurisprudence within Ahlul Sunnah

Famous Hanafi Scholars: Imam Muhammad, Imam Abu Yusuf, Imam Yahya Ibn Maeen, Waki, Abdullah Ibn Mubarak r.a.a etc

Profession: Trader-Merchent and Jurist

Main interest: Qu’ran & Sunnah, Athar, Fiqh – Qiyas/Istihsan//ijma, Kalam and ilm ul ahadith.

Abu Hanifa was an 8th Century Muslim scholar from al-Kufa (now Iraq). He was born 67 years after the demise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Abu Hanifa was a follower and staunch supporter of The rightly guided Caliphs -[Rashidun Caliphs الخلفاء الراشدون], whom are Caliph Abu Bakr as-Sideeq, Caliph Omar ibn Al Khattab, Caliph Othman ibn Affan and Caliph Ali ibn Abu Talib. He himself said that he first sat with the people of Kalam and left them, then he sat with the people of Hadith and in the last he sat with the people of Fiqh. One could say because Imam Abu Hanifa r.a used to sit with the people of Kalam, his thinking and doing deep research increased greatly.

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