Ibni Hajar al-Makki (Shihab-ud-Din Ahmad ibn Muhammad Haytami; 899-974/1494-1566) Meccan largest Shafi'i madhhab scholar, in his book “Khairat-ul-Hisan” leads the hadith: “The splendor of this world will fade in the 150th year”. Abdul Ghaffar Kerderi (562/1166), a famous scholar of fiqh, spoke about this hadith: “Undoubtedly, this hadith says about Abu Hanifah, since he died in the year 150”.
In the collections of Bukhari and Muslim: “If faith is on the planet Venus, one of the sons of Persia will get from there”. Known mufassir mazkhab Shafi'i Imam As- Suyuti (Jalal ad-Din Abd-ur-Rahman ibn Muhammad; 849-911/1445-1505) commenting on this hadith says: “All the scholars unanimously agreed that this hadith indicates Imam Azam Abu Hanifa”.
Acumen of Abu Hanifah
When Imam Abu Hanifah was sitting with friends in the mosque, one man passed them. Looking at him, Imam said: “This is a traveler, in his pocket sweets, and most likely, he educator of children”. One student wanted to know whether this is so. It turned out that the man really travels, in his pocket raisins, and he really was a teacher of children. People asked Abu Hanifah: “How do you all know that?” He replied: “First, he went, he looked around, so do travelers, and second on the pocket of his pants were insects and the third, he often looked at children than adults, so I figured that he educator of children”.
(“Ukudul Dzhumman” p. 25)
Imam ash-Shafi'i said that he asked Imam Malik: “Did you see Abu Hanifah? He replied: Yes, I did. I saw a man who if he says that this post is made of gold, then he will be able to prove it” [al-Dhahabi | Siyar Alyam An-Nubalya].
Imam Abu Hanifah said: “I did not stretch the legs toward the house of my teacher Hammad, out of respect for him, between my house and his house was 7 streets”.
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal was asked: “Where did you know the nuances of science (fiqh), where did you get them?” To this he replied: “From the books of Imam Muhammad (Al Shaybani)” (Imam was a student of Abu Hanifah). (al-Fataawa al-Hindiya)