Lists of early Islamic scholars who learned from each other

Posted on Fri 19 February 2021 in Islam

When browsing Wikipedia and looking up names of well-known classical Islamic scholars, the information on them is sparse in some regards. Who they learned from and who they taught is fundamental to how Islamic knowledge is passed down and is known as 'isnad'(chain - sometimes referred as "chain of narrators").

I read a book called "Four Illustrious Imams" written by Maulana Makbool Ahmed Suharwi and translated by Mufti Afzel Hossen Elias that provides some of the lists we are looking for. I will reproduce them as per the book(see the last portion "Ilmi Chart").

Twelve Renowned Jurists amongst the Sahaba(RA)

  • Hadhrat Mu'aadh bin Jabal(RA)
  • Hadhrat Ubayy bin Ka'b(RA)
  • Hadhrat Abu Dardaa(RA)
  • Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mas'ood(RA)
  • Hadhrat Zaid bin Thaabit(RA)
  • Hadhrat Ali(RA)
  • Hadhrat Uthmaan(RA)
  • Hadhrat Abu Moosa Ash'ari(RA)
  • Hadhrat Jaabir(RA)
  • Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar(RA)
  • Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbaas(RA)
  • Hadhrat Mu'aawiya(RA)

Imam Abu Haneefa(ra) learned Hadith from

  • Imam Ataa(ra)
  • Imam Naafi(ra)
  • Imam Abdur Rahmaan bin Hurmuzaan(ra)
  • Imam Salma bint Kuhail(ra)
  • Imam Baaqir(ra)
  • Imam Qataadah(ra)
  • Imam Amr bin Dinaar(ra)

Narrators of Hadith from Imam Abu Haneefa(ra)

  • Imam Wakee(ra)
  • Imam Yazeed bin Haaroon(ra)
  • Imam Sa'd bin Silt(ra)
  • Imam Abu Aasim(ra)
  • Imam Abdur Razzaaq bin Humaam(ra)
  • Imam Ubaidullah bin Moosa(ra)

Studied Hadith from Imam Abu Haneefa(ra)

  • Imam Yahya bin Sa'eed Qattaan(ra)
  • Imam Wakee bin Jarraa(ra)
  • Imam Sufyaan bin Uyayna(ra)
  • Imam Abdullah bin Mubaarak(ra)
  • Imam Abdur Razzaaq bin Humaam(ra)
  • Imam Yazeed bin Haaroon(ra)
  • Imam Hafs bin Ghayaath(ra)
  • Imam Yahya bin Zakariyya(ra)

Studied Fiqh from Imam Abu Haneefa(ra)

  • Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mubaarak(ra)
  • Hadhrat Yahya bin Sa'eed Qattaan(ra)
  • Hadhrat Wakee bin Jarraa(ra)
  • Hadhrat Sufyaan bin Uyayna(ra)
  • Hadhrat Yazeed bin Haaroon(ra)
  • Hadhrat Hafs bin Ghayaath(ra)
  • Hadhrat Yahya bin Abi Zaa'idah(ra)
  • Hadhrat Imam Abu Yusuf(ra)
  • Hadhrat Imam Zufar bin Hudhail(ra)
  • Hadhrat Imam Muhammed bin Hasan Shaybaani(ra)

Imam Muhammed bin Hasan Shaybaani(ra) narrated Hadith from

  • Hadhrat Mas'ar bin Kudaam(ra)
  • Imam Imam Abu Haneefa(ra)
  • Imam Zufar bin Hudhail(ra)
  • Imam Awzaa'ee(ra)
  • Imam Sufyaan Thowri(ra)
  • Imam Maalik bin Dinaar(ra)
  • Imam Maalik bin Anas(ra)
  • Imam Abu Yusuf(ra)

Ten Distinguished Mujtahideen

  • Imam Ja'far bin Muhammed(ra)
  • Imam Sufyaan Thowri(ra)
  • Imam Maalik bin Anas(ra)
  • Imam Awzaa'ee(ra)
  • Imam Laith bin Sa'd Misri(ra)
  • Imam Shaafi'ee(ra)
  • Imam Ishaaq bin Raahway(ra)
  • Imam Ahmed bin Hambal(ra)
  • Imam Bukhaari(Muhammed bin Isma'eel)(ra)
  • Imam Muslim(ra)