Imam Abu Hanifa was born on September 5,699 AD, Kufa, Iraq, and lived in the city of Baghdad. Abu Haneefa was born as Nu’man bin Thabit bin Marzuban. His grandfather Marzuban was an Afghan from Kabul.

He was one of the greatest legal scholars, imam Abu Hanifa was also a great city planner, responsible for the planning of the city of Baghdad when it was founded by the Caliph al Mansur in 765 CE. Abu Hanifa was a mathematician of the first magnitude.

A successful Merchant

Abu Hanifa was no hermit, or a pure academician, cloistering himself in a monetary or a mosque. He was a rich man, a successful merchant, a wonderful human being who lived among common folk with the zest and enthusiasm of a believer and contributed to the life of the community that he was a part of. Read more: A light on the life of Imam Al- Bukhari, who collected most of the Islamic Hadith


The Abu Hanifa born was into a merchant family, learned the silk trade from his grandfather. His early training was in commerce rather than in Sunnah and Fiqh.

The Great Imam

Imam Abu Hanifa is known as a great imam, as he referred to by those who adore him, was the first to define the processes that govern Usool e Fiqh. He studied with imam Jaafar as Saqid. Read more: Imam Abu Dawood, an excellent compiler of Hadiths

In turn, the other great imams had the benefit of the regency of Imam Abu Hanifa when they took on the monumental task of codifying Fiqh. Imam Abu Hanifa had a unique method of teaching. His success and his greatness made the political establishment of the times.



Great intellect

The imam Abu Hanifa was gifted with great intellect. He was known to look at things in different perspectives and for his rational outlook. He shunned the company of the worldly-minded people and people who had worldly power, he also avoids gossip and only spoke well about people. Read more: After 25 years, Imam of Masjid-e-Nabwi moved back to Prophet’s Mihrab to offer 5 times prayers

Imam Abu Hanifa first dedicated himself to the study of theology. After mastering he pursued the study of Islamic legal knowledge. Abu Hanifa studied Fiqh from Hammad Ibn Suleiman, who was the most knowledgeable teacher at the time.



He loved to learn

Imam Abu Hanifa was taught almost 4000 teachers. Among them, according to different sources, seven were Sahaba ninety-three from the Tabieen and the rest of other from the Tabi Tabieen. Read more: The First Revelation of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

The exact number of teachers of Abu Hanifa Is unknown as he traveled a lot to different cities to gain knowledge. He performed Hajj 55 times. According to most of his teachers were scholars Abdullah bin Masood, Ibrahim Al-Nakhai, Amir bin Al-Shaba, Qatada Ibn Al-Numanand, Imam Ata Ibn Raba and many more.

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Source: Saudi Gazette