Abu Hanifa

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Abu Hanifa

Abū Ḥanīfa al-Nuʿmān b. Thābit b. Zūṭā b. Marzubān (Arabic: أبو حنيفة نعمان بن ثابت بن زوطا بن مرزبان‎; c. 699 – 767 CE), known as Abū Ḥanīfa for short, or reverently as Imam Abū Ḥanīfa by Sunni Muslims, was an 8th-century Sunni Muslim theologian and jurist of Persian origin, who became the eponymous founder of the Hanafi school of Sunni jurisprudence, which has remained the most widely practiced law school in the Sunni tradition.


Abu Hanifa once engaged in a discussion with an atheist. It was reported that the scholar successfully used a variant of design argument:

  • ‘Before we enter into a discussion on this question, tell me what you think of a boat in the Euphrates which goes to shore, loads itself with food and other things, then returns, anchors and unloads all by itself without anyone sailing or controlling it?’ They said, ‘That is impossible; it could never happen.’ Thereupon he said to them, ‘If it is impossible with respect to a ship, how is it possible for this whole world, with all its vastness, to move by itself?'
    • Ibn Abi Al-‘Izz. (2000) Commentary on the Creed of At-Tahawi. Translated by Muhammad ‘Abdul-Haqq Ansari. Riyadh: Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America, p. 9
  • Difficulties are the result of sin. The sinful therefore does not have the right to lament when difficulties befall him.
  • If you learned the sacred knowledge for the sake of this world, then the knowledge will be never rooted in your heart.
  • Stick to the narrations and the way of the salaf(pious predecessors) and beware of newly invented matters for all of it is innovation.
    • Jalal al-Din Sututi, Sawn ul- Muntaq p: 32
  • When a hadith is authentic, then that is my madhab.
  • For the attainment of knowledge satisfaction is useful and satisfaction is not gained by increasing information but by decreasing it.
  • If I ever say something that contradicts the book of Allah and the Prophet(Peace be upon him) then leave my statement.
  • It is unlawful for any person to accept my view without knowing the source from where we got them.

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