An Imam Azam Conference on, Imam Azam Imam-ul-Aimma fil Hadith, was held at the
head quarters of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, Lahore, in which Shaykh-ul-Islam
Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri gave an historic lecture stemming from several months
of research in which he proved that Imam Azam Abu Hanifa is the Imam of Hadith of
all imams of Hadith including Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim, Imam Tirmizi, Imam Abu
Dawood, Imam Nasai etc.
Guest Scholars and Mashaikh
Hundreds of renowned scholars and Mashaikh from the length and breadth of the
country came to the conference in order to witness the historic display by Shaykh-ul-Islam
of his latest research which has never been done before in the whole history of
Some of the most renowned Scholars who attended are Peer Ameen-ul-Hasnaat son
of Pir Justice Karam Shah al-Azhari, Allama Muhibbullah Nuri son of Faqih-e-Azam
Allama Nur-ullah Naeemi, Shaykh Ahmad Zubaidi from Syria, Iranian Consulate General
Aqai Raza Amini, Pir Sayyad Bilal Hussain Shah of Ajmaihr Shareef, Pir Khawaja Mueen
ud-Deen Kuraijah, Sayyed Azmat Ali Shah Hamdani, Allama Niyaz Hussain Najafi, Professor
Dr Jameel-ur-Rahman Chisti, Agha Murtaza Poya, Allama Ali Gazanfer Kararwi, Professor
Talks by Guest Scholars and Mashaikh
Brief talks were delivered by some of the main guests as they appreciated the
great historic effort of Shaykh-ul-Islam on cutting the roots of all baseless accusations
levelled against Imam Azam Abu Hanifa for centuries. They stated that existence
of such accusations and the inability of comprehensively rebutting them for centuries
held a sense of shame among the lovers of Imam Azam across the globe, especially
the Hanafis. They said that Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, by conducting
his deep and unprecedented research to prove that Imam Azam is the Imam-ul-Aimma
fil Hadith, shows that Shaykh-ul-Islam is not only a great scholar, Interpreter
of the Quran, a revolutionary leader and a thinker but has proved with out any shadow
of a doubt that he is one of the biggest Muhadiths. Being the Mujadid of
the present century it was only fitting for him to raise the heads of all Hanfis
with pride as now they could prove to critics on how Imam Abu Hanifa truly is Imam
Azam in Hadith as well as Fiqh. They concluded by hoping that Shaykh-ul-Islam would
continue to revive Islam through his great mission of Minhaj-ul-Quran International
(MQI) with their full backing and support behind him.
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri delivered a lecture lasting just under
four hours which was heavily condensed due to shortage of time. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri
announced that the whole of his research on this topic will be included in his book
which will be published soon consisting of two volumes. He said he will only cover
some of the main points of his research in the lecture.
Shaykh-ul-Islam totally demolished the slur that Imam Abu Hanifa only had knowledge
of 17 hadiths or a limited number of hadith by an avalanche of arguments proving
that Imam Abu Hanifa is actually the Shaykh in Hadith of all the main Imams of Hadith.
Main points of the lecture are given below which prove that Imam Azam Abu Hanifa
is the Imam-ul-Aimma fil Hadith:
- The hadith of Bukhari
and Muslim, "a man from the children of Faaris will acquire knowledge even if
it is in the stars" actually refers to Imam Abu Hanifa and not Sulaiman Farsi
or any other Imam.
- Imam Azam Abu Hanifa was a tabiee and had taken traditions from many
sahabah. He was the only imam of Hadith who had taken all of his traditions
from the "khair-ul-Qurun" from whom there is no possibility of fabricating traditions;
this is why Imam Abu Hanifa received traditions which were not received by later
Imams of Hadith Like Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim etc. as they had set strict
conditions in accepting any tradition which severely limited the number of traditions
which they accepted as Sahih.
- The whole of the Sihah Sittah consists of 10,000 traditions but the musnads
of Imam Abu Hanifah have a minimum of 10,000 traditions according to various
- Imam Azam's students were the Shaykhs of Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim and others
as they had taken hadiths from them. This makes Imam Azam Abu Hanifa the grand
shaykh of Imam Bukhari , Imam Muslim and others.
- Sahih Bukhari is renowned for its salasiyaat: traditions which only
have 3 links between Imam Bukhari and The Prophet SAW which number seventeen.
Imam Azam Abu Hanifah has narrated traditions which only have one link between
him and the Prophet SAW. This was a great revelation by Shaykh-ul-Islam as this
was not pointed out by anyone in the past. Shaykh-ul-Islam devised the term
Uhadiyaat for such traditions. Imam Abu Hanifah is the only Imam of hadith
to have these traditions. Then Shaykh-ul-Islam revealed that there are also
a great number of traditions narrated b Imam Azam Abu Hanifa which only have
two links between him and the Prophet SAW which he termed as thanaiyaat.
Again no other Imam of hadith has these traditions. The number of sulasiyaat
narrated by Imam Abu Hanifa are so many that they have not been counted.
- The salasiyaat of Bukhari, which are seen as the cream of Sahih Bukhari,
15 of the 17 were taken by Imam Bukhari from the students of Imam Azam Abu Hanifa.
- The fact that Imam Bukhari did not take traditions directly from Imam Azam
was not because he doubted the great status of Imam Azam in hadith. It was because
Imam Bukhari has mentioned in his books that he only took traditions from people
who considered iman to consist of declaration by the tongue, acceptance
by the heart and practice upon Islam. Imam Abu Hanifah did not agree with that
definition of Iman and only believed Iman to consist of the declaration
of the tongue and acceptance by the heart.
- Imam Muslim who was the student of Imam Bukhari did not take any tradition
directly from Imam Bukhari in his Sahih Muslim; the same is the case with other
Imams of Hadith who did not take traditions from their teachers. Imam Bukhari
was a Shafai but did not take any traditions from Imam Shafai in his Sahih al-Bukhari.
So not taking traditions from any Imam of hadith did not mean that the Imam
who did not take them was in doubt of the hadithic ability of the Imam
he was not taking the traditions from.
- Shaykh-ul-Islam gave quotations from great Imams who regarded Imam Abu Hanifah
as Imam Azam and the greatest authority in Hadith and knowledge.
Note: Full details, facts and figures were given in the lecture which can be
viewed on this site, this was only an overview of the speech.
The historic lecture left all participants in shock, in the amount of new information
which they had received from Shaykh-ul-Islam which they had never imagined to their
wildest imaginations had even existed.
Lunch was served to all the participants which was arranged by Shaykh-ul-Islam
himself. Shaykh-ul-Islam had lunch with the main guests.
Report by Jawed Iqbal Tahiri