Imam Abu Hanifah Life and Works
By Shibli Nomani
Translator : M Hadi Hussain
Paperback 296 Pages
ISBN : 9789839541991
Publisher : Islamic Book Trust (IBT), Malaysia
English translation of "Sirat-i-Nu'man"
About The Book
Imam Abu Hanifah—commonly referred to as the Great Imam (al-Imam al-A'zam)—occupies a commanding position in the history of Muslim Jurisprudence.
Those who follow the school of Islamic Law associated with his name outnumber adherents of other schools. Iqbal in his Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam paid a high tribute to Imam Abu Hanifah's “keen insight into the universal character of Islam” and, while dealing with the question of application of Islamic Law to modern conditions, expressed the view that “the school of Abu Hanifah ... possesses much greater power of creative adaptation than any other school of Mohammadan Law”.
This valuable book on Imam Abu Hanifah was originally written in Urdu under the title Sirat-i Nu'man by the celebrated historian and Islamic scholar Shibli Nomani, giving us his biography and an analysis of the salient characteristics of the Hanafi school of Law.
A biography of the great scholar of the traditional Islamic sciences: the founder of the very first school of law in Ahl as-sunna wa al-jama'a, who indeed was a great source of Islamic knowledge, gained through the companions (sahaba) of the Prophet (PBUH) and their companions (tabi'in), which makes Imam Abu Hanifa a tabi'in himself.
This book shows the qualities of a true scholar one who understands Reality and deal with it rather than shun from it and seclude oneself from Society.
Imam Abu Hanifa is a true example to scholars all over the world.
True spirit of Brotherhood, Solidarity and Mutual Respect between different opinions. Something that is missing in today's world. They spoke the truth regardless of the consequences, in fact the majority of these learned men spent a great deal of time in jails as will be seen from this biography.
This biography is well researched and composed from authentic sources.
About The Author
Allamah Shibli Nomani (1857 - 1914) was a respected scholar of Islam and Historian from Indian subcontinent during British Raj. He was born in Bindwal, Azamgarh district of present-day Uttar Pradesh. He founded the Shibli National College in 1883 and the Darul Mussanifin in Azamgarh.
He was also a poet and was fluent in Arabic, Persian, Hindi, Turkish and Urdu.
He went to Makkah for Hajj and there he devoted his time to furthering his studies in Islamic theology, history, philosophy and Sufism from different scholars in Arabia.
On his return from Makkah he met Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who had just established Aligarh Muslim University. Allamah Nomani was offered and joined a teaching position at the university in 1882.
He left Aligarh after the death of Sir Syed Ahmed in 1898.
He was Greatly inspired by the progress of science and education in the West. He wanted to inspire the Muslims to make similar progress by having recourse to their lost heritage and culture, and warned them against getting lost in Western culture.
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