Al-Imam al-A'zam Abu Hanifah Muhammad An-Nu’man ibn Thabit Ibn Numan az-Zuta Ibn Maah (النعمان بن ثابت), also known as Imam Abū Ḥanīfah, (أبو حنيفة) (699 - 767) was one of the most important Islamic scholars. He was a jurist and the founder of the Hanafi school of fiqh. Also known as "Imaam of Imaams"; "Lamp of the Ummah"; "Leader of the Jurists and Mujtahideen"; "Hafidh al-Hadith" Imaam Abu Hanifah was a prestigious Mujtahid, Muhaddith, authoritative person, truthfully spoken, abstinent, wise, and pious.
Abu Hanifa was also one of the Tabi'een, the generation after the Sahaba, because he saw the Sahabi Anas ibn Malik, and transmitted hadiths from him and other Sahaba.
A great many Muhaddiths and Hanafi, Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali scholars are in unison with regards to the Imaam's strengths and virtues. Thousands of literary works have been compiled by Imaam Abu Hanifah. The followers of Abu Hanifa gave him the title ‘Imaam al-Aadham’ (Greatest of the Imaams).