Fiqh al-Akbar Commentary (al-Maghnisawi)

The Works of Imam Abu Hanifah

The Books of Imam al-A`zam

Abu Hanifah al-Nu`man b. Thabit b. Zuta b. Mazraban

There are five books attributed our noble Imam (RA). They are

Kitab

Kitab

Kitab

Kitab

Kitab

al-Wasiyyah

Fiqh al-Akbar

al-`Alim wa’

l-Muta`allim

Fiqh al-Absat

al-Risalah

 

Transmitted by al-Qadi Abu Yusuf

Transmitted by Hammad b. Abi Hanifah[1]

Transmitted by Abu Muqatil Hafs Ibn Salam al-Samarqandi[2]

Transmitted by Abu Muti` al-Hakam b. `Abd Allah al-Balkhi

Sent to `Uthman ibn Muslim al-Batti

Imam Abu Hanifah

 

  • `Allamah Shibli Nu`mani argues no books are attributed to Imam Abu Hanifah.[3]
  • A. J. Wensinck also argues no book is extant from Abu Hanifah.[4]
  • Ibn al-Nadim cites at least two being from Abu Hanifah.[5]
  • Katib Celebi believes these are books from Abu Hanifah.[6]
  • `Abd al-Qahir al-Baghdadi attributes theological tracts to Abu Hanifah.
  • Abu Muzaffar al-Isfarayini attributes dogmatic treatises to Abu Hanifah.[7]
  • Al-Zirikli also believes these are books from Abu Hanifah.[8]
  • Al-Kahhalah also believes these are books from Abu Hanifah.[9]
  • All subsequent commentators attribute the works to Abu Hanifah.[10]

The isnad of the Fiqh al-Akbar runs as follows:

1.

Abu Hanifah. >

2.

Hammad b. Abi Hanifah. >

3.

`Isam b. Yusuf. >

 

  1. Tabi`i.
  2. Mujtahid mutlaq.
  3. Muhaddith.
  4. Mutakallim.
  5. Wali.
  6. Tajir.
 

  1. Faqih.
  2. Theologian.
  3. Righteous.
  4. Transmitted hadith
 

  1. Reliable narrator.
  2. Great scholar.
  3. Jurist.
  4. Theologian.

4.

Muhammad Ibn Muqatil. >

5.

Nusayr Ibn Yahya.

 
 

  1. Jurist.
  2. Pious.
  3. Ascetic (zahid).
 

  1. Jurist.
  2. Famous hadith scholar.
  3. Ascetic.
 

 

 


[1] See al-Ghawji, Ta`liq al-Muyassar, pp.12-13.

[2] Cf. Maqame Abu Hanifah, p.108 of M. S. Khan Safdar.

[3] See Sirat al-Nu`man, p.84.

[4] See The Muslim Creed, p.102. Cf. Brockelmann, GAL, 1:177 and GALS, 1:285 and Sezgin, GAS, 1:37.

[5] In al-Fihrist, p.156.

[6] See Kashf al-Zunun, 5:163.

[7] In his al-Tabsir fi ’l-Din as cited by al-Ghawji in al-Ta`liq al-Muyassar, p.12.

[8] See al-A`lam, p.234.

[9] See Mu`jam al-Mu’allifin, p.103.

[10] Such as Imam al-Maghnisawi, p.2 and `Ali al-Qari, Minah al-Rawd al-Azhar, p.43. Cf. also al-Zabidi, Ithaf al-Sadat al-Muttaqin, 2:14.

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