Download PDF: [S] Imam A’zam’s Status and Knowledge (Islamic story)
It is mentioned that once someone mentioned to Hadrat Waqee bin Al Jarrah – may Allah be pleased with him, who was a famous Muhaddith of his era, that Imam A’zam – may Allah be pleased with him – had erred on a certain issue.
The eminent scholar replied, “How can you say this? How is it possible for him to make a mistake when he was surrounded by people like Imam Abu Yusuf and Imam Mohammed – may Allah be pleased with him – who were experts in the field of Qiyas. When he was surrounded by eminent Huffaz of Hadith such as Yahya bin Zaahidah, Hafz bin Ghiyaath, Habbaan and Mandal. When he was surrounded by people such as Qasim bin Ma’an, who were masters in the field of Arabic and Arabic grammar, and when he was surrounded by people such as Daud Ta’i and Fudail bin Ayyaz who were some of the most prominent Sufis of their era. Even if he had made a mistake, surely these authorities which I have mentioned would have certainly corrected him.” (Taarike Baghdad)
The famous Muhaddith, Hadrat Sayyiduna Abu Bakr bin Ayyash – may Allah be pleased with him, narrates, “The brother of Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan Thouri – may Allah be pleased with him – passed away and we were all gathered at this place. There were many eminent scholars and Mashaa’ikh in this gathering. Suddenly Imam Abu Hanifah – may Allah be pleased with him – and some of his students arrived. When Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan Thouri – may Allah be pleased with him – saw him coming, he immediately stood up with respect and warmly embraced him. He made him sit at the same spot where he was sitting.
“A few minutes later, the great Imam arose and left. I then asked Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan Thouri – may Allah be pleased with him, ‘Hadrat, the manner in which you displayed respect for this person has certainly surprised us. In fact, you had over-displayed respect for him.’
“When Hadrat Sayyiduna Sufyan Thouri – may Allah be pleased with him – heard these words, he displayed a little displeasure and replied, ‘Why should I have not stood up for a person who is the most eminent scholar in his era who possesses immense knowledge. If I did not stand up with respect for his knowledge, I would have been prompted to stand up for his knowledge of Jurisprudence. If this was not the case, I would have stood up for his piety and if this was not the case, I would have stood up for his senior age.’” (Taarike Baghdad)