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al-salaf al-saliheen - the pious precedessors

Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (d. 108 H)

The Four Imams

Imam Abu Hanifa (d. 150H)

Imam Malik Ibn Anas (93 - 179H)
Imam Al-Shafi`i (d. 204H)

Imam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (d. 241H)

Scholars

Habib al-`Ajami
Hasan al-Basri (d. 110H)
Dawud al-Ta'i (d. 160 or 165)

Sufyan al-Thawri (97-161)

The Twin Pillars of the Hanafi Madhhab: Qadi Abu Yusuf (d. 182H) and Muhammad Shaibani
(d. 189H)
Nafisa at-Tahira (145 - 208H)

Ibn Abi `Abla (b. 60+H)
Ibn al-Mubarak (118 - 181H)
Al-Awza'i (d. 158H)
Sahnun ibn Sa'id ibn Habib at-Tanukhi (150 - 240 H)
Ibn Abi Shayba (d. 235 H)
Al-Qasim ibn Sallam (d. 224H)
`Abd Allah ibn Muhammad ibn Abi Shayba (d. 235H)
Imam Bukhari (194 - 265H)
Imam Muslim (202 - 261H)
Imam Abu Dawud (202 - 275H)
Imam Tirmidhi (209 - 279H)
Ibn Qutayba (213 - 276H)
Junayd al-Baghdadi (d. 297 H)
Abu Bakr ash-Shibli (247 - 334H)
Imam Abul Hasan al-Ash`ari (260 - 324H)

Imam al-Ash`ari's students

Al-Hakim al-Naysaburi (321- 405H)
Ibn `Adi
Al-Tabari (d. 310H)
Imam al-Maturidi (d. 333H)
Abu Nu`aym al-Asbahani (336 - 430H)
al-Najjad (d. 348H)

al-khalaf al-sadiqeen - the truthful successors

Bundar ibn al-Husayn (d. 353H)
al-Dummal
Ibn Khafif
(d. 371H)
Ibn Mujahid al-Ta'i (d. 368H)
Ibn al-Baqillani (d. 403H)
Ibn Furak (d. 406H)
Al-Sulami (325 - 412H)
Ibn `Abd al-Barr (368 - 463H)
Abu `Uthman al-Sabuni (d. 449H)
Al-Khatib al-Baghdadi (392 - 463H)
Abu al-Walid al-Baji (403 - 474H)

`Abd al-Qahir al-Baghdadi (d. 429H)
Al-Juwayni (d. 483H)
Ibn al-Juwayni (419 - 478H)
Imam al-Bayhaqi (384 - 458H)
Al-Mawardi (d. 448H)
Imam Ghazali
(450 - 505H)
Ibn Asakir (499 - 571H)
Fakhr al-Din al-Razi
(543 - 606H)
al-`Izz ibn `Abd al-Salam al-Sulami
(d. 660H) 
Al-Dhahabi (673 - 748H)

Ibn al-Jawzi (509/510 - 597H)
Ibn Rushud (Averroes) (520 - 595H)
Ibn `Arabi
Saif ud-Din al-Bokharzi (585 - 657H)
Shah Bahauddin Naqshband (717 - 791H)
Taj al-Din al-Subki (727 - 771H)
Al-Sakhawi's Sufi Teachers

Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (773 - 852 H)
Jalaluddin Al-Suyuti (849 - 911H) | His Teachers

Mujaddid Alf ath-Thani Imam Rabbani Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (971 - 1034H)
Ibn Hajar al-Haytami (d. 974)
`Abd al-Wahhab al-Sha`rani (d. 973)

Mullah Ali al-Qari (d. 1014H)
Imam Khalid al-Baghadi (1193 - 1242H)
Imam al-Qadi Yusuf al-Nabhani (1265-1350H)
Imam Reza Ahmad Khan (1272 - 1340H)

Contemporary

The Grand Imams of Al-Azhar
Imam al-Kawthari
As-Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Haqqani
Shaykh Ahmad Kuftaro
As-Sayyid Shaykh Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki
Shaykh M. Sa`id Ramadan al-Buti

Shaykh Metawalli ash-Sha`rawi

Shaykh `Abdul-Fattah Abu Ghuddah
Shaykh Mahmoud Rankousi
Shaykh Badr al-Deen al-Hasani
Shaykh Husain al-Sabiyya
As-Sayyid Shaykh Yusuf ar-Rufa`i
 

Innovators - al-mubtadi`een