The Generosity of Imam Abu Hanifah

771464_twist.jpgAssalaamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

It is a well-known fact that Muslims follow some basic schools of thought in matters of Islamic Jurisprudence, other than questions of faith and fundamentals of worship and legal practices.

The renowned scholars of the four basic schools s were Abu Hanifah, Malik ibn Anas, Muhammad ibn Idrees Ash-Shaf’i and Ahmad ibn Hanbal.

Imam Abu Hanifah was the first to codify Islamic law or jurisprudence (commonly known as Fiqh) compiled from the Qur’an and the Sunnah. He was both a merchant and a teacher.

As a typical Muslim man of piety and manners, he was very kind to all his acquaintances, whom he visited when ill and inquired about when absent. A very interesting case is reported in the encounter between Imam Abu Hanifah and his drunkard neighbour, who would get drunk and keep singing aloud all night long causing much annoyance to Abu Hanifah.

Once, the police caught the man and took him to prison. Abu Hanifah noticed that night that the neighbourhood was quiet. So he inquired about his noisy neighbour. Upon knowing of his neighbour’s imprisonment, he rushed to the governor of the city interceding for his neighbour who was immediately released. Not only that, Abu Hanifah gave the man some money to compensate for the earnings he lost due to imprisonment. The drunkard was so impressed with this kind attitude and treatment that he decided to repent and devote his time to learning the message of Islam in the Masjid (Mosque).

Yet another example of how integral a part one’s conduct plays in the way of life that is Islam. May Allah give us the Taufiq (Divine aid) to improve our manners and treat all human beings with deserved respect. Ameen.

Ma’as-salaam

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One Response to “The Generosity of Imam Abu Hanifah”

  1. Ameen ya Rab! we lack on that so much.

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