A Factual Overview of Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a) and Imam Bukhari's (r.a) jurisprudencial principles
Imam A‘zam Abu Hanifah Nu‘man ibn Thabit (r.a) is one of the four followed imams — Malik, al-Shafi‘i, Ahmad and Abu Hanifah (r.a).Among those issues upon which all of the people of knowledge from both the early and latter times are agreed is that these four jurists, and their likes from among the mujtahid imams whose followers have gradually died out, only derived fiqh issues (masa’il) and Shari‘ah rulings from the book of Allah Most High and the Sunnah of His Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace), and that which these two sources indicate towards such as consensus (ijma‘) and legal analogy (al-qiyas al-shar‘i) etc.The knowledge of the Book and the Sunnah are the basis of ijtihad and the process of deriving rules; it is because of this that the mujtahid jurists were leaders in the knowledge of the Noble Qur’an and the pure Sunnah because without these two core sciences it would not be possible for them to carry out ijtihad and derive rulings and masa’il. And because of this that when any person is designated as a mujtahid, then everyone understands that this person has a large amount and great portion of the knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah, However, in spite of all of this, we see some people speaking ill regarding the imam of the fuqaha and mujtahids Imam Abu Hanifah Nu‘man, and trying to misguide the people that he had no knowledge of the pure Sunnah and the hadiths of the Noble Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) and, even if he did, then it was very little. And also saying that there is a big difference in between Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a) and Imam Bukhari's (r.a) jurisprudencial principles…etc. Now here we try to get a factual Overview of Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a) and Imam Bukhari's (r.a) jurisprudencial principles that may getaway so many misconception regarding these two great imams.