What Aboo Haneefah’s Critics Said About Him
Because of Imaam Aboo Haneefah’s high standing, many laid severe criticism of him and many have fabricated statements to the scholars which show they had a hatred for Imaam Aboo Haneefah as well.
Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee relates statements from a variety of scholars, statements that accuse Aboo Haneefah of being weak in the knowledge of hadeeth and of having access to only a small number of hadeeths. For example he relates the following four narrations:
Ibn Mubaarak said, “Aboo Haneefah was an orphan in hadeeth.”
Yahyaa Ibn Sa’eed Al-Qattaan said, “He was not one of the people of hadeeth.”
Imaam Ahmad said, “Indeed he has with him neither opinion, nor hadeeth.”
Aboo Bakr Ibn Abee Daawood said, “All of the hadeeth that have been related from Aboo Haneefah do not exceed 150 in number, and even in half of those he erred.”
Because of his many deductions, some spiteful critics have said, “He is the most ignorant of people regarding what has occurred, and the most knowledgeable regarding that which has not occurred.“