The Greatest of the Second Generation
Millions of people around the world today teach Quran. It is easy to say that every second of every day there is someone out in the world that is either learning, reciting or teaching the Quran. This is a very big blessing from Allah (SWT) indeed. To think that this great religion started from only one man who was also the greatest teacher of all time, Prophet Muhammad (SAW), is mind blowing. There was a time that there were only a handful of Muslims in Mecca and in effect the entire world. They were among the greatest of believers. Today there are over 1.2 billion Muslims around the world today many of whom recite the word of Allah (SWT) daily. There was once a time that only 313 companions of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) stood against oppression and tyranny. Today Muslims have armies composed of the latest technology and in the numbers of millions. Today there are many methods that people can learn the Quran as compared to the past when people had to travel long distances to seek a teacher. Online Quran tutor and online Quran teacher has in today’s world become a respected designation for people. These people, who are scholars in their own rights, provide their services over the internet and teach people the Quran. The people that provide their services as an Online Quran tutor and online Quran teacher are highly trained and skilled in the Arabic language and doctrine. A Quran teacher online is similar in teaching as a regular teacher and in many cases these people who act as Quran teacher online are superior in their conduct.
There have been many great Islamic teachers across the ages, but one of them that stand above all others is Imam Abu Hanifa. The Great Imam, as he was known was the first person in the generation that directly followed the first Muslims, to define the processes that govern the principles of FIqh. Imam Abu Hanifa preceded Imam Malik by ten years, Imam Shafii by one generation and Imam Ahmed by a century.
Imam Abu Hanifa was born in the city of Kufa in Iraq, 67 years after the passing of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). During his youth, there were some companions of the Prophet that were still alive, such as Hazrat Anas bin Malik (RA), the Prophet’s personal attendant passed away in 93 AH. Imam Abu Hanifa was one of the greatest of the mujtahideen. He was also a great city planner, responsible for the planning of the city of Baghdad when it was founded by the Caliph al Mansur in 765 CE. Imam Abu Hanifawas a mathematician and was aware of the concepts of specific density and specific volume and implemented them in practice. As a philosopher, his work anticipated the Hegelian dialectic by more than a thousand years. The Hegelian dialectic (named after Hegel the German philosopher of the 17th century) is one of the basic principles of Western philosophy. Its premise is that a higher collective truth emerges when multiple individual truths compete. Imam Abu Hanifa was no hermit, or a pure academician, cloistering himself in a monastery or a mosque. He was a rich man, a successful merchant, a wonderful human being who lived among common folk with the zest and enthusiasm of a believer and contributed to the life of the community that he was a part of.
Imam Abu Hanifa was one of the greatest scholars and Muslims to have ever lived after the first generation of the Muslims. He is the founder of the Sunni Hanafi school of Islamic Jurisprudence. However in the year 766 CE, the caliph al Mansur asked Imam Abu Hanifa to be the chief Judge of Bagdad. He had hoped that the Imam would accept and come under his power, but to his own surprise, Imam Abu Hanifa being the great sage and scholar he was, rejected the offer to maintain his independence and was thus flogged and put into jail. However he did not lose heart and even in prison he kept teaching his disciples. It was here that Imam Abu Hanifa breathed his last and passed away in 767 CE. It is a testament to the work of this great teacher of Islam that today the biggest majority of the Muslims across the world follow the hanafi school of thought.