Imam Azam Abu Hanifa R. was a great scholar of Ilmul Hadith( علم الحديث) as like as he was a scholar of Ilmul Fiqh (علم الفقه). But there are some people who treate Imam Abu Hanifa as a Faqih (فقيه) only. They think that he did not have any knowledge in Hadith.
Where as their claim is totally false and rootless. I hope their claim will be proved as rootless by this article given below.
Imam Azam Abu Hanifa R.:
The leader of Imams of Fiqh Abu Hanifa R. was born at Kufa in Iraq in 80 Hijri. His real name is Nu’man and father’s Name was Sabit. The name of his grandfather is Juta. His grandfather Juta was a inhabitant of Paris. The word Nu’man (Arabic) is derived from (arabic) Na’mat . Actually his existence was a na’mat (arabic) for all of the world. His nick name was Abu Hanifa. حنيف means terminologically the man who is absolutely absorb in Allah leaving all things of world. Observing that he was named as Abu Hanifa. He was born in 80 Hijri and died in 150 Hijri at Kufa in Iraq.
To become Tabe’yi:
Imam Abu Hanifa was a Tabe’yi really without any doubt. Hafez Jahabi said in his book (Trikhul Islam arabic): —————–arabic—————————–Abu Hanifa r. saw Anas R.(died:93 Hijri) more than one at Kufa in Iraq, when Anas R. came in Iraq.2
Ibn Hazar al-Asqalani said in his Book that, Imam Abu Hanifa R. met with four Sahabi.
Allama Ibn Kathir R. said, Imam Abu Hanifa R. get the age of Sahaba and met with Anas R.3
The renowned historian Allama Ibn Nadim R. wrote, Imam Abu Hanifa R. was a Tabeyi.4
Ibn Abdul Bar Maleki R. said, Imam Abu Hanifa R. saw tow Sahaba and listened Hadith from them.5 The are Anas R. and Abdullah Ibn Hares R.
Allam Ibn Hazar Makki R. said, Imam Abu Hanifa R. got the age of Sahaba and met with eight Sahaba.
Nawab Siddik Hasan Khan said, Imam Abu Hanifa R. was a greatfull to see Anas R.
Allama Suyuti R.( died in 911 hijri) said in his book Tadribur Rawi Imam Abu Hanifa R. met seven Sahaba R.
The author of -arabic– mentioned his meeting with four Sahaba undoubtedly. Those Sahaba were : 1. Anas Ibn Malek ( died in 93 hijri) 2. Abdullah Ibn Awfa ( died in 87 hijri) 3. Amar Ibn Hurais ( died in 98 hijri) 4. Abu Tofail Amer R.(died in 110 hijri)
Beside that the renowned Imam recognized that Imam Abu Hanifa R. was a Tabeyi. Some of those Name are below: 1. Ibn Nadim