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    Many years ago, during the time of the Tābi'īn (the generation of Muslims
    > after the Sahābah), Baghdād was a great city of Islam. In fact, it was the
    > capital of the Islamic Empire and, because of the great number of scholars
    > who lived there, it was the center of Islamic knowledge.
    > One day, the ruler of Rome at the time sent an envoy to Baghdād with three
    > challenges for the Muslims. When the messenger reached the city, he
    > informed the khalīfah that he had three questions which he challenged the
    > Muslims to answer.
    > The khalīfah gathered together all the scholars of the city and the Roman
    > messenger climbed upon a high platform and said, "I have come with three
    > questions. If you answer them, then I will leave with you a great amount
    > of wealth which I have brought from the king of Rome." As for the
    > questions, they were: "What was there before Allāh?" "In which direction
    > does Allāh face?" "What is Allāh engaged in at this moment?"
    > The great assembly of people were silent. (Can you think of answers to
    > these questions?) In the midst of these brilliant scholars and students of
    > Islam was a man looking on with his young son. "O my dear father! I will
    > answer him and silence him!" said the youth. So the boy sought the
    > permission of the khalīfah to give the answers and he was given the
    > permission to do so.
    > The Roman addressed the young Muslim and repeated his first question,
    > "What was there before Allāh?"
    > The boy asked, "Do you know how to count?"
    > "Yes," said the man.
    > "Then count down from ten!" So the Roman counted down, "ten, nine, eight,
    > ..." until he reached "one" and he stopped counting.
    > "But what comes before 'one'?" asked the boy.
    > "There is nothing before one- that is it!" said the man.
    > "Well then, if there obviously is nothing before the arithmetic 'one',
    > then how do you expect that there should be anything before the 'One' who
    > is Absolute Truth, All-Eternal, Everlasting- the First, the Last, the
    > Manifest, the Hidden?"
    > Now the man was surprised by this direct answer which he could not
    > dispute. So he asked, "Then tell me, in which direction is Allāh facing?"
    > "Bring a candle and light it," said the boy, "and tell me in which
    > direction the flame is facing."
    > "But the flame is just light- it spreads in each of the four directions,
    > North, South, East and West. It does not face any one direction only,"
    > said the man in wonderment.
    > The boy cried, "Then if this physical light spreads in all four directions
    > such that you cannot tell me which way it faces, then what do you expect
    > of the Nūr-us-Samāwāti-wal-'Ard: Allāh- the Light of the Heavens and the
    > Earth!? Light upon Light, Allāh faces all directions at all times."
    > The Roman was stupified and astounded that here was a young child
    > answering his challenges in such a way that he could not argue against the
    > proofs. So, he desperately wanted to try his final question. But before
    > doing so, the boy said,
    > "Wait! You are the one who is asking the questions and I am the one who is
    > giving the answer to these challenges. It is only fair that you should
    > come down to where I am standing and that I should go up where you are
    > right now, in order that the answers may be heard as clearly as the
    > questions."
    > This seemed reasonable to the Roman, so he came down from where he was
    > standing and the boy ascended the platform. Then the man repeated his
    > final challenge, "Tell me, what is Allāh doing at this moment?"
    > The boy proudly answered, "At this moment, when Allāh found upon this high
    > platform a liar and mocker of Islam, He caused him to descend and brought
    > him low. And as for the one who believed in the Oneness of Allāh, He
    > raised him up and established the Truth. Every day He exercises
    > (universal) power (Surah 55 ar-Rahmān, Verse 29)."
    > The Roman had nothing to say except to leave and return back to his
    > country, defeated. Meanwhile, this young boy grew up to become one of the
    > most famous scholars of Islam. Allāh, the Exalted, blessed him with
    > special wisdom and knowledge of the deen. His name was Abu Hanīfah
    > (rahmatullāh 'alayhi- Allāh have mercy on him) and he is known today as
    > Imām-e-A'zam, the Great Imām and scholar of Islam. May Allāh shower some
    > of His Mercy in the same way upon our Muslim children who are growing up
    > today. Āmeen.
    > [Adapted into English from "Manāqib Abī Hanīfah" written by Imām
    > Muwaffaq Ibn Ahmad al-Makki (d. 568 Hijri). Dar al-Kitāb al-'Arabiy,
    > Beirut, 1981/1401H.]
    > Was salaam



      wow..candle and numerical examples are great!!!


        Mashallah thanx for sharing. One can learn sooooo much just after reading this extract. Yeh Shaan hoti hai Iman waloon ki. Batoon say logon ke dil jeet leitey hein.


          Wah Wah Brothers thats my point.
          On gupshup most brothers cut n paste long articles which they don't read themselves most of the times.

          But whenever I have tried to talk logically ...asked logical questions and gave logical answers
          everybody goes quiet, twist the topic or cut n pastes an Aayah or Hadit.

          Can we have a logical discussion like the one above, instead of using big Aayahs and great Hadiths to prove each other wrong????


            I think Abu Hanifa was a great Islamic scholar. I have many books written about him. I was doing some research on him on the internet. And if Wasir wants to have a logical discussion, let's have one on this great scholar.

            Imam Shafi'i said: "There never was born a more damned person in Islam than Abu Hanifa." He also said: "I looked into the books of the companions of Abu Hanifa, and I found in them 130 pages containing matter in opposition to the Holy Qur'an and the Sunna."

            If this is true please confirm. And if it is can some one answer why would Imam Shafi'i say this?

            Abu Hamid Ghazali in his book Manqul fi Ilmi'l-Usul says: "In fact Abu Hanifa distorted the religious code, made its way doubtful, changed its arrangement, and intermingled the laws in such a way that the code prescribed by the Holy Prophet was totally disfigured. One who does so deliberately and considers it lawful is an infidel. One who does it knowing it to be unlawful is a sinner." According to this great scholar, Abu Hanifa was either an infidel or a sinner. Many other books condemn Abu Hanifa. Jarullah Zamakhshari, the author of Tafsir-e-Kashshaf and one of your pious ulema, writes in Rabiu'l-Abrar that Yusuf Bin Asbat said: "Abu Hanifa rejected at least 400 hadith of the Prophet of Islam." Yusuf remarked that "Abu Hanifa said: 'Had the Prophet of Islam known me, he would have accepted many of my sayings.'"

            Again I have found things maligning this great man. Any one tell me why?

            Abu Hanifa's criticisms can be found in Ghazali's Mutahawwal, Shafi'i's Nuqtu'sh-Sharifa, Zamakhshari's Rabiu'l-Abrar, and Ibn Jauzi's Muntazim. Imam Ghazali says in his Mutahawwal, "There are many mistakes in Abu Hanifa's work. He had no knowledge of etymology, grammar, or hadith." He also writes, "Since he had no knowledge of hadith, he relied on his own conjecture. The first being who acted on conjecture was Satan."

            Now Satan is too much. I've heard great things about Hanifa from both Shias and Sunnis, but this is too much. Has anyone here read these books and can confirm these allegations against Abu Hanifa?

            Ibn Jauzi writes in his Muntazim, "All the ulema are united in condemning Abu Hanifa. There are three categories of such critics: one group holds that his faith in the fundamentals of Islam was uncertain; another says that he lacked a strong memory and could not remember hadith; a third believes that he acted on conjecture and that his opinion was always at variance with the true hadith."

            I have heard of Ibn Jauzi as one of the great Islamic scholars. Has anyone read about him saying these things about Abu Hanifa?