Imam Abu Hanifa’s Restraint

Shaykh Gibril Fouad Haddad


The example that best represents Imam Abu Hanifa’s restraint is when a layman came to Abu Hanifa and asked him a question regarding a fatwa of Hasan al-Basri. Abu Hanifa stated, “Hasan erred.” So the man said to Abu Hanifa, “You say that Hasan erred, son of a *****.” Abu Hanifa did not redden or get upset. He said,“By Allah, Hasan erred and Abullah ibn Mas’ud was correct.”


[source: The Four Imams: Their Lives, Works, and their Schools of Thought, Muhammad Abu Zahra’s book.]

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