The Composure of Imam Abu Hanifah

Al-Khatib narrates with his chain to ‘Abd al-Razzaq al-San‘ani (126 – 211 H), the author of the Musannaf:

“I was in the presence of Abu Hanifah at Masjid al-Khayf when a man asked him about something and he replied to him. Thereupon, a man said: ‘Al-Hasan [al-Basri] says such and such.’ Abu Hanifah said: ‘Al-Hasan erred.’ At this, a man whose face was covered with bandages arrived and said: ‘You say al-Hasan erred, Oh son of an adulterous?!’ Then he left. [Imam Abu Hanifah’s] face did not change, nor did it gain colour. Then he said: ‘Yes, by Allah, al-Hasan erred, and Ibn Mas‘ud was right.’” (Tarikh Baghdad 15:481)

Dr Bashshar ‘Awwad Ma‘ruf comments: “The chain of this report is sahih.”

أخبرني عبد الله بن يحيى السكري، أخبرنا إسماعيل بن محمد الصفار، حدثنا أحمد بن منصور الرمادي، حدثنا عبد الرزاق قال: شهدت أبا حنيفة في مسجد الخيف فسأله رجل عن شئ فأجابه فقال رجل: إن الحسن يقول كذا وكذا. قال أبو حنيفة: أخطأ الحسن، قال فجاء رجل مغطى الوجه قد عصب على وجهه فقال: أنت تقول أخطأ الحسن يا ابن الزانية؟ ثم مضى، فما تغير وجهه ولا تلون، ثم قال: إي والله أخطأ الحسن وأصاب ابن مسعود

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