بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Continuing with our Knowing the Scholars series we learnt about Imaam Aboo Haneefah Nu'maan bin Taabit Raheemahullaah.
We used the following links and read his biography.
- Biography of Imaam Aboo Haneefah
- Mistake of Imaam Aboo Haneefah
- The Madhab of Imaam Aboo Haneefah
- A Debate with an Atheist
We learnt that his real name was Nu'maan bin Taabit but he was better known by his kunya "Abu Haneefah". His father has met Ali bin Abi Taalib radhiyallhu anhu and he has made dua for his blessings and his offspring.
We learnt the names of his teachers and his students.
We also traced the map and marked the places of his birth, death, and the cities he has travelled to gain ilm.
We read and understood what the other scholars had to say about Imaam Abu Haneefah.
We also learnt that he was an Imaam of the Ahlus Sunnah who never called anyone to blind follow him rather he said:
"It is not permitted for anyone to accept our views if they do not know from where we got them.
In one narration, "It is prohibited for someone who does not know my evidence to give verdicts on the basis of my words."
We discussed the mistake he raheemahullaah made with regard to his saying "Actions of the limbs do not enter into Eemaan". This was a good opportunity to explain that Allaah forgives the scholars of the Ahlus Sunnah for mistakes and the other Ulama still hold him a scholar of the Ahlus Sunnaah but we do not blindly take this mistake even from a great scholar like Aboo Haneefah.
After we have done everything we got to know this incident in which Imaam Aboo Haneefah proves an atheist the existence of Allaah.
Imaam Abu Haneefah (d. 150H) once debated some atheists. He asked them: "What do you say about someone who tells you that he had seen a loaded ship without a captain and a crew amidst a strong storm, but sailing well towards a safe harbour [ thereby saving itself]? Do you intelligently accept this?" They said: "Our reasoning cannot accept this". Abu Haneefah then commented: "If your reasoning does not accept the story of a ship without a leading crew, then how do you accept a whole universe with all its varied conditions and complex nature running without a Creator in full charge?" So the atheists were dumbfounded and came to believe in Allaah.
We learnt that he refused to accept to be a judge at that time and he was jailed for it and died in the prison in the year 150 AH. May Allaah have Mercy upon him. Aameen.
The Scrapbook document we did could be downloaded here