Friday 5 February 2016

The Status of Imam Abu Hanifa (RA) & The Need for Taqleed

Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem


Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Mubarak, Amirul Mu’mineen fil Hadith (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) had quoted from Hadhrat Sufyan Thawri (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh), a contemporary of Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ’alayh):  “I never found anyone abstaining from backbiting more than Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh).”

He was a man that would never speak until asked to speak. The ‘Ulama have written that the most foolish person is the one who backbites. ...Why? Because you are earning rewards but you are depositing it into your enemies account.

We generally backbite about people who we dislike. ...When people would backbite of Imaam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh), he would give them trays of sweetmeats. When asked regarding this habit, Imam Saheb (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh), said: “This is for you, because you gifted me your good deeds.”

In the world there are many such people who are unable to control their tongues from speaking ill of a great personality like Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh). By giving talks and writing lectures against Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) they are only harming themselves. Disagreement amongst scholars, rivalry, etc. is acceptable but one should abstain from backbiting.