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The title of Hadrat Sayyiduna Ebrahim Nakh’i – may Allah be pleased with him – was “Abu Imran”. His full name is Ebrahim bin Yazeed bin Qais Nakh’i. He was one of the famous Jurists and Muhaddith of Kufah. If it also mentioned that he did not record any Hadith directly from any blessed companion.
Among those who attained knowledge from Hadrat Sayyiduna Ebrahim Nakh’i – may Allah be pleased with him – were such giants as Imam Alqamah bin Qais, Imam Aswad bin Yazeed, Imam Masruq – may Allah be pleased with them – etc.
His students also included Imam ‘Amash, Imam Shu’ba, Imam Mansur – may Allah be pleased with them – etc. Hadrat Sayyiduna Imam A’zam – may Allah be pleased with him – is actually a student of his student.
It is mentioned that when he passed away, Imam Shu’ba – may Allah be pleased with him – declared, “Now there remains no one in the field of Hadith and Islamic law who was greater than him.” The people asked him whether Imam Hasan Basri and Imam ibn Seeren – may Allah be pleased with them – were not in the same category. He replied that certainly not.
He even mentioned that besides these two great Imams, no one in the whole of Iraq, Syria or Hijaz could be compared to Imam Nakh’i – may Allah be pleased with them. The same words of praise were also mentioned by Imam ‘Amash – may Allah be pleased with them.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Ebrahim Nakh’i – may Allah be pleased with him – used to also perform immense Ibadah but made sure that everything was done in secret. He disliked publicity. Merely to hide from people, he wore an ordinary shawl which was dyed so that people could not recognize that this was the famous Muhaddith and Jurist or a mere young man.
Hadrat Sayyiduna Ebrahim Nakh’i – may Allah be pleased with him – used to also openly scold the leaders of the Banu Ummayah and because of this, Hujjaj bin Yusuf became one of his greatest enemies. The leading Muhadditheen advised him to live somewhere secretly so that these oppressors do not harm him. They also mentioned that due to his immense knowledge, his life was extremely valuable. He passed away either in 95 or 96 A.H. It is mentioned that since people were so scared of Hujjaj only seven people took part in his Janazah. (Aini, Tabqaat Imam She’rani)
In other words, these were seven people who were prepared to sacrifice their life. The reason is that Hujjaj had made it clear that whoever took part in the Janazah, that person would be severely punished. However, this did not stop these people from appearing for the Janazah. Imagine the oppression of Hujjaj!
When we see the oppression which goes on in the modern Arabia, one cannot help thinking that these people are certainly people who succeeded Hujjaj with the help of the British. When we look at the blessed relics which have been destroyed and the blessed graves which have been demolished, we can conclude that these people are even worse than Hujjaj himself.