Al-Tijani, when he was about to discuss some kids (as he mentioned), says:
“One of the boys asked me, “Which Madhhab (religious school) is followed in Tunis’?” I said, “The Maliki Madhhab.” And noticed that some of them laughed, but I did not pay much attention. He asked me, “Do you not know the Jafari Madhhab?” I said, “What is this new name? No we only know the four Madhahibs, and apart from that is not within Islam.”
He smiled and said, “The Jafari Madhhab is the essence of Islam, do you not know that Imam Abu Hanifah studied under Imam Jafar al-Sadiq? And that Abu Hanifah said, “Without the two years al-Numan would have perished.” I remained silent and did not answer, for I had heard a name that I had never heard before, but thanked Allah that he – i.e. their Imam Jafar al-Sadiq – was not a teacher of Imam Malik, and said that we are Malikis and not Hanafis. He said, “The four Madhahibs took from each other, Ahmed ibn Hanbal took from al-Shafii, and al-Shafii took from Malik, and Malik took from Abu Hanifah, and Abu Hanifah from Jafar al-Sadiq, therefore, all of them were students of Jafar ibn Muhammad, who was the first to open an Islamic University in the mosque of his grandfather, the Messenger of Allah. and under him studied no less than four thousand jurisprudents and specialists in Hadith (prophetic traditions).”
1. The claim that Imam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh) was taught by Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (rahmatullah alayh) is a lie that is known to anyone who reads something about the life of Imam Abu Hanifah. What is known and famous is that Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was taught by some of the grandest scholars of his time, most notably Isma’eel bin Hammad Abu Sulayman Al-Kufi who was one of the most distinguished teachers of Imam Abu Hanifah (rahmatullah alayh). In addition, Abu Hanifah was taught by Ibraheem bin Muhammad Al-Muntashir, Ibraheem bin Zayd Al-Nakh’ai, Ayyub Al-Sikhtiyani, Al-Harith Al-Hamdhani, Rabee’iah Al-Madani, Salim bin Abdullah bin Umar bin Al-Khattab (radhiyallahu anhum), Sa’eed bin Masrooq the son of Sufyan Al-Thawri, Sulayman Al-Hilali, A’asim bin Kaleeb and many others.
2. Even if Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (rahimahullah) taught Imam Abu Hanifah, then the matter will not be more than that Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) took knowledge from Imam Al-Sadiq and it does not mean that Abu Hanifah became a so-called ‘Jafari’. I am saying this as a supposition, otherwise it is confirmed that Imam Abu Hanifah used to give religious verdicts at the time of Abi Jaffar, the father of Jaffar Al-Sadiq! And Al-Tijani’s saying that the four famous Sunni schools follow the ‘Jafari’ school is a degraded saying. Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) did not read for al-Shafi’i (i.e. read for him hadiths’ strengths as a student), but sat with him. Al-Shafi’i (rahimahullah) read Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik (rahimahullah) and the book has only 9 hadiths that are narrated by Imam Jaffar Al-Sadiq (rahimahullah). And no one said that Imam Malik (rahimahullah) was one of the students of Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah), but they said that Imam Malik (rahmatullah alayh) was contemporary with Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah).
3. The Shia themselves narrate in their most trustworthy books what proves that Imam Abu Hanifah (rahimahullah) was never a pupil of Abi Jaffar, let alone Imam Jaffar Al-Sadiq. Instead, the Shia claim that Imam Abu Hanifah was their enemy!
Here, their master Al-Kulayni narrates in their most trustworthy book which equals Al-Bukhari for us,“Usool Al-Kafi”:
“Sadeer said: “I heard Abu Jafar, peace be upon him saying, while holding my hand and exiting then he stood in front of the house: “O’ Sadeer, the matter of the people is that they come to these rocks and go round them and then they come to us and let us know their wilayah for us and it is Allah’s saying: “I am the most forgiver for those who repented, believed, and did good deeds and then were guided.” Abu Jafar pointed to his chest and said: “Guided to our wilayah.” Then he said: “O’ sadeer, let me show you those who hinders the religion of Allah.” Then he looked to Abu Hanifah and Sufyan Al-Thawri at that time and they were in a circle in the mosque. Abu Jaffar said: “Those are who hinders the religion of Allah without guidance from Allah and without an obvious book. If those dirts sat in their houses, then the people who would look for someone to tell them about Almighty Allah and about His prophet would come to us and we would tell them about the almighty Allah and about His prophet.”
So, according to Shia’ Mythology, Imam Abu Hanifah was an ‘enemy’ so does that make any sense to claim Sunni Imam’s connectivity to ‘Jafari’ Madh-hab??!
4. And what Al-Tijani says that Jaffar Al-Sadiq taught more than four thousands jurisprudents and specialists in hadith is a very normal thing.
I say! And why not when the Shia narrates: “Some people from around the city asked for the permission of Jafar Al-Sadiq to enter. Al-Sadiq allowed them to enter. They entered and asked him, in one sitting, thirty thousands questions and he, peace be upon him, answered them and he was only ten years old.” Then what is the value of the knowledge of the four Sunni Imams in comparison to these scholars!
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