The Salaf’s Acceptance of Imam Abu Hanifah’s Rank and Knowledge

He was the most learned of the people of his time. (kana a’lama ahli zamanihi)Makki ibn Ibrahim
This is a man [Abu Hanifah] who has reached a [high] degree of knowledge, so if I did not stand for his knowledge, I stood for his age, and if I did not stand for his age I stood for his jurisprudence, and if I did not stand for his jurisprudence I stood for his scrupulousness.Sufyan al-Thawri
I have not seen the like of him in fiqhAbdullah ibn al-Mubarak
My eyes have not seen the like of Abu Hanifah.Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah
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