A Lesson on Not Jumping to Conclusions

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is from al-Ashbah wa an-Nazha’ir by Imam ibn Najim (r.a.).  The lesson here is about not jumping to conclusions and thinking the best of people.

Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a.) was told by a man in the presence of his students, “I do not hope for Paradise.  I do not fear Hell.  I do not fear Allah (s.w.t.).  I have eaten the dead.  I have prayed without recitation, bowing or prostration.  I testify to that which I do not see and I love tribulation.”

Imam Abu Hanifah’s (r.a.) students were unanimous in their opinion: “This man has a problem.”

Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a.) said, “This man hopes in Allah (s.w.t.), not in Paradise.  He fears Allah (s.w.t.), not the Fire.  He does not fear oppression from Allah (s.w.t.) in his punishment.  He has eaten fish and grasshoppers.  He prays the funeral prayer.  He testifies to the Oneness of Allah.  He detests death and this is truth and he loves wealth and children; they are tribulation.”

The man arose and kissed the Imam Abu Hanifah’s (r.a.) head and said, “I testify that you are a treasury of knowledge.”


  1. ASA I don't understand this hadith in light of the fact that the man made the statement "I do not fear Allah (s.w.t.)."

    1. Wa 'Alaykum as-Salaam,

      There is a typo there. I will correct it, insha'Allah. Thank you for pointing it out.


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