Some Incidents from the Life of Imaam Abu Hanifa (R.A)


Friday, 08 February 2008 17:03

Once Imaam Abu Hanifah (R.A.) attended a Janaazah. It was an extremely hot day. The only shade in the vicinity was the shadow of a wall. However, Imaam Abu Hanifah (R.A.) remained standing in the blazing sun. When people insisted that he stand in the shade, he said: “The owner of the house is my debtor. It is not permissible for me to derive any gain from him because the Hadith says: “The benefit produced by every qardh (loan) is ribaa (interest).”


There was a wealthy man who had a great aversion for Hazrath Uthmaan (R.A.). He even branded Hazrath Uthmaan a “Yahoodi (Jew).” Imaam Abu Hanifah sent for him and said: “I wish to arrange your daughter’s marriage to a (certain) Yahoodi.” The man, greatly annoyed, exclaimed: “How can you utter such an evil statement while you are the Imaam? This is not permissible.” Imaam Abu Hanifah said: “Your opinion in this matter is of no significance. Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) himself gave two of his daughters in marriage to a ‘Yahoodi’.” The man understood and repented. Two daughters of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) on different occasions were married to Hazrath Uthmaan (R.A.).


A man who frequently sat in Imaam Abu Hanifah’s company asked for a loan of a large sum to relieve him of his financial distress. Imaam Abu Hanifah advanced the loan. The man promised to repay the loan on a certain date. On the due-date he was unable to pay. Feeling ashamed, he no longer visited Imaam Abu Hanifah. Although Imaam Abu Hanifah wondered at the absence of his friend, he could not understand the reason. Imaam Abu Hanifah had forgotten about the loan and the friend’s promise.
One day after Salaat, Imaam Abu Hanifah decided to confront the man to ascertain the reason for his aloofness. When the man saw Imaam Abu Hanifah approaching he turned and quickly walked away. Imaam Abu Hanifah followed him. When the man saw Imaam Abu Hanifah following him, he broke into a run in order to escape. Imaam Abu Hanifah also ran after him. When the man realised that Imaam Abu Hanifah was nearing him, he hid his face in his hands in shame, facing the wall of a building. Imaam Abu Hanifah lightly placed his hands on the man’s shoulders and asked the reason for his peculiar behaviour. Highly embarrassed, the man explained his inability to repay the loan. Now Imaam Abu Hanifah recalled the loan he had given. He took the man home and gave him a similar large sum to pay his debts. (Scattered Pearls)