Adab (Respect)

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Once Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) mentioned:

Take a look at the level of respect that Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) possessed. Once someone had asked him whether Aswad was more virtuous or Alqamah (two illustrious students of Hazrat Abdullah bin Mas'ood [radhiyallahu 'anhu])? He replied by saying: “Our mouths are not worthy of even taking their names, how can we ever imagine comparing between them.” Imaam Abu Haneefah (rahmatullahi 'alaihi) was overwhelmed and engulfed with basic etiquette and this was natural in him. Similarly, a Sahaabi was asked whether Nabi (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) was bigger or he was bigger. The intention of the questioner was in regard to age; however he used the word أكبر which means bigger or greater. The Sahaabi replied that Nabi (sallallahu 'alaihi wasallam) is bigger and greater than me however I am older (in age). (Malfoozaat Hakeemul Ummat 10/ 49)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za

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