Knowledge as a Form of Mercy

One of Abu Hanifa’s most famous students was Muhammad ibn al-Hasan, who along with Abu Yusuf, are the most famous Hanafi scholars after Abu Hanifa himself. The Qadi Ahmad ibn Abi Raja said that he heard his father Mahmuyah, who was considered a religious devotee, say: “I dreamt of Muhammad ibn al-Hasan after his death and asked him what happened to him. He said ‘I was forgiven.’ ‘Through what?’ I asked. And he replied ‘I was told: We did not place all this learning in you except to forgive you.'”

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