Is Al-Fiqh al-Akbar Falsely Attributed to Imam Abu Hanifa?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I regularly come across people from the so-called Salafi movement who claim that the Aqida book known as al-Fiqh al-Akbar is falsely attributed to Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah have mercy on him) and that it has nothing to do with his actual beliefs. I wanted to know if these claims have any evidence to support them.


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This is their understanding. However, verified research shows that “AI-Fiqh al-Akbar”  is a treatise authored by the Great Imam, and it is a reliable and widely accepted work, as stated by the Ottoman scholar Imam Maghnisawi (Allah have mercy on him), who has done a commentary on it. The English translation of the commentary has been done expertly with copious notes carefully selected from Mulla’ Ali al-Qari’s super-commentary. You can find the link to this English work below

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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.