Imam Abu Hanifah’s (RA) Respect Before His Shaykh

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Imam Abu Hanifah’s (RA) Respect Before His Shaykh

It is narrated from Imam Abu Hanifah رحمه الله that he said:

“I never stretched out my legs in the direction of my teacher, Hammad’s, house out of respect for him. This despite the fact that there were seven sidestreets between my house and his house. Every salah that I offered after Hammad passed away, I sought forgiveness for him together with my parents. I certainly seek forgiveness for all those under whom I studied or all those who taught me something.”

Imam Abu Yusuf رحمه الله said:

“I certainly seek supplicate for Abu Hanifah even before I supplicate for my parents. And I heard Abu Hanifah saying, ‘I certainly supplicate for Hammad together with my parents.'”

[al-Muwaffaq al-Khwarizmi: Manaqib al-Imam Abu Hanifah, vol 2, p 7]