Who was Imam Hafs bin Sulaiman (R)?
Name: Abu Umar Hafs bin Sulaiman ibn Mugheerah ibn Abi Dawood Al Asadi Al Kufi Al Bazzaz. Commonly known as Hafs, the student of Imam Asim. He is also his adopted son, being the son of his wife.
Birth: 90 A.H.
Death: 180 A.H.
He was born in Kufa and grew up there. Then he travelled to Baghdad with Imam Asim (rahimahullah). He then travelled to Makkah Mukarramah remaining the neighbor of the Baitullah until he became an Imam of Qiraat and he spent the rest of his life teaching it. This Qiraat is perhaps the most famous Qiraat in the world.
Among his students are: Husain ibn Muhammad Al Mirwazi, Amr bin Sabah, Ubaid bin Sabah, Fadl bin Yahya Al Ambari, Abu Shuaib Al Qais and others
The Sanad of his Qiraat:
Imam Hafs learnt Qiraat from Imam Asim. Imam Asim learnt Qiraat from Abdur Rahman As Sulami who narrates from Hazrat Ali bin Abi Talib (Radiyallahu Anhu)
The scholars also praised him.
Allamah Zahabi (Rahimahullah said, “He is authentic and strong in the field of Qiraat.”
Abu Hisham Ar Rafi (Rahimahullah) said, “Imam Hafs (Rahimahullah) is the most knowledgeable in the Qiraat of Imam Asim (Rahimahullah)….”
Ibnul Munadi (Rahimahullah) said, “He recited to Imam Asim (Rahimahullah) many times and is the foremost of his students …”
And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
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