Period of Abu Haneefa.

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My question is about Imaam Abu Hanifa pbuh, to which generation he belongs to, is he belongs to the next generation of Companions so called Taba'een or Tabe-Taba'een.

 

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Period of Abu Haneefa

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Your Question: My question is about Imaam Abu Hanifa pbuh, to which generation he belongs to, is he belongs to the next generation of Companions so called Taba'een or Tabe-Taba'een.

First, to clarify the meaning of the terms Sahabee, Tabeeen, and Taba-Tabeeen:

Sahaba: One who saw the Messenger of Allah (saws) themselves in the state of faith, and they died in the state of faith (First generation of believers.)

Tabeeen: One who did not see the Prophet (saws), but saw a Sahaba in the state of faith, and they died in the state of faith. (Second generation)

Taba-Tabeeen: One who saw a Tabeeen in the state of faith, and they died in the state of faith. (Third generation)

 

Muhammad Numan bin Thabit bin Zuta bin Maah better known by his kunya as Imam Abu Ḥaneefah was born in the city of Kufa (Iraq) in 699-AD or 80 years after Hijrah, and died in prison in 767-AD or 148 years after Hijrah.

 

The noble Sahaba or companions of the Prophet (saws) of the likes of Hadrat Anas ibn Malik (r.a.) reported to have died in 93AH and Hadrat Abul Tufail Amr bin Wathilah (r.a.) who died in 100AH were alive during the lifetime of Imam Abu Haneefah, but there is no strong evidence to suggest that Imam Abu Haneefah actually saw the noble Sahaba himself.

 

Thus although some muslim historians do consider Imam Abu Haneefah as a Tabeeen, the absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam consider him to be a Taba-Tabeeen for sure.and Allah Alone Knows Best.

 

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