Sunni Imams

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِِ

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

Classical Imans
Men after the Sahabah (May Allah be pleased with them)

“The best people are those of my generation, and then those who will come after them (the next generation), and then those who will come after them (i.e. the next generation)…” (Sahih Bukhari)

1. Alqama ibn Qays al-Nakha’i (d. 62 A.H.)
2. Sa’id ibn Musayyib (d. 90 A.H.)
3. ‘Urwah ibn Zubair (d. 94 A.H.)
4. ‘Ali ibn al-Hussain Zain al-‘Abidin (d. 93A.H.)
5. Muhammad ibn Hanafiyah (d. 80 A.H.)
6. ‘Ubaydullah ibn ‘Abdillah ibn ‘Utbah ibn Mas’ud (d. 94 A.H. or later)
7. Imam ash-Sha’bi (d. 104 A.H.)
8. Salim ibn ‘Abdillah ibn ‘Umar (d. 106 A.H.)
9. Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr as-Siddiq (d. 106 A.H.)
10. ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Aziz (d. 101 A.H.)
11. Al-Hassan al-Basri (d. 110 A.H.)
12. Muhammmad ibn Sirin (d. 110 A.H.)
13. Muhammad ibn Shihab az-Zuhri (d. 125 A.H.)
14. Abu Hanifah an-Nu’man ibn Thabit (d. 150 A.H.)
15. Al-Awzai’ (d. 157 A.H.)
16. Sufyan ibn Sa’id ath-Thawri (d. 161 A.H.)
17. Layth ibn Sa’d (d. 175 A.H.)
18. Imam Malik (d. 179 A.H.)
19. Abu Yusuf (d. 182 A.H.)
20. al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad (d. 187 A.H.)
21. Isma’il ibn ‘Ulayyah (d. 193 A.H.)
22. Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah (d. 197 A.H.)
23. Abdullah ibn Mubarak (d. 181 A.H.)
24. Waki’ ibn al-Jarrah (d. 197 A.H.)
25. Imam Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi’i (d. 204 A.H)
26. ‘Abdur-Rahman ibn Madhi (d. 198 A.H.)
27. Yahyah ibn Sa”id al-Qatan (d. 198. A.H.)
28. Muhammad ibn ‘Isa ibn at-Tabba (d. 224 A.H.)
29. Makki ibn Ibrahim (d. 214 A.H.)
30. Muhammad ibn Sabiq (d. 214 A.H.)
31. ‘Ali ibn al-Hasan ibn Shaqiq (d. 215 A.H.)
32. Suraij ibn an-Nu’man (d. 217 A.H.)
33. Abdullahi ibn Zubair al-Humaidi (d. 219 A.H.)
34. ‘Affan ibn Muslim al-Bahili (d. 219 or 220 A.H.)
35. ‘Adnan ibn ‘Uthman al-‘Ataki (d. 221 A.H.)
36. Yahyah ibn Ma’in (d. 233 A.H.)
37. Sadaqah ibn al-Fadl (d. 223 A.H.)
38. Yahya ibn Yahya ibn Bakr al-Muqri (d. 226 A.H.)
39. Ibrahim ibn Musa ibn Yazid ar-Razi (d. 230 A.H.)
40. ‘Ali ibn al-Madini (d. 234 A.H.)
41. Ibn Abi Shayba (d. 235 A.H.)
42. Imam ibn Majah (d. 237 A.H.)
43. Ishaq ibn Rahaway (238 A.H.)
44. Abu Thawr Ibrahim ibn Khalid al-Kalbi (d. 240 A.H.)
45. Imam Ahmad (d. 241 A.H.)
46. Imam Bukhari (d. 256 A.H.)
47. Imam al-Barbahari (d. 256 A.H.)
48. Abu Zur’ah ar-Razi’i (d. 264 A.H.)
49. Abu Ibrahim al-Muzani (d. 264 A.H.)
50. Imam Muslim (d. 261 A.H.)
51. Dawud ibn Ali Adh-Dhahari Asfahani (d. 270 A.H.)
52. Ibn Qutaybah (d. 276 A.H.)
53. Abu Hatim ar-Razi’i (d. 277 A.H.)
54. Abu Zur’ah (d. 264 A.H.)
55. Abu Dawud (d. 275 A.H.)
56. At-Tirmidhi (d. 278 A.H.)
57. Ali Ibn Abdul Aziz al-Baghawi (d. 280 A.H.)
58. Ibn Abi Dunya (d. 281 A.H.)
59. Sahl ibn Abdullah at-Tustari (d. 283 A.H.)
60. Mhammad ibn Nasr al-Marwazi (d. 294 A.H.)
61. Abu Abdur-Rahman Ahmad ibn Shu’aib an-Nisaai (d. 303 A.H.)
62. Ibn Jarir at-Tabari (d. 310 A.H.)
63. Muhammed ibn Ishaq ibn Khuzaymah (d. 311 A.H.)
64. Al-Khallal (d. 311 A.H.)
65. Imam ibn Abi Dawud (d. 316 A.H.)
66. Imam Abu Ja`far al-Tahawi (d. 321 A.H.)
67. Al-Hakim an-Naysaburi (d. 321 A.H.)
68. Abu Hassan al-‘Ashari (d. 324 A.H.)
69. Abu Mansur Maturidi (d. 333 A.H.)
70. Abu Nu’aym al-Asbahani or Asfahani (d. 336 A.H.)
71. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Hanbali Najjadi (d. 348 A.H.)
72. Ibn Hibban (d. 354 A.H.)
73. Imam al-Aajurree (d.360 A.H.)
74. Abu Qasim Sulaiman ibn Ahmad at-Tabarani (d. 360 A.H.)
75. Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (d. 368 A.H.)
76. Ad-Darqutni (d. 385 A.H.)
77. Ibn Abi Zaid al-Qayrawani(d. 386 A.H.)
78. Al-Harawi al-Ansari (d. 396 A.H.)
79. Ibn al-Qillani (d. 403 A.H.)
80. Imam al-Hakim (d. 405 A.H.)
81. Imam Lalakai’ (d. 418 A.H.)
82. Abu Muhammad ibn Hazm (d. 456 A.H.)
83. ‘Abu ‘Uthman Sabuni (d. 449 A.H.)
84. Imam Baihaqi (d. 458 A.H.)
85. Ibn ‘Abddul Barr an-Niwari (d. 463 A.H.)
86. Abu Bakr al-Khatabi al-Baghdadi (d. 463 A.H.)
87. Imam Juwaini Imam al-Haramain (d. 478 A.H.)
88. Imam Ghazali (d. 505 A.H.)
89. Qadi ‘Iyad (d. 544 A.H.)
90. Imam Rafi’i (b. 557 A.H)
91. ‘Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (d. 561 A.H.)
92. Ibn Asakir (d. 571 A.H.)
93. Ar-Razi’i al-Ashari (d. 606 A.H.)
94. ‘Abdul Ghani al-Maqdasi (d. 620 A.H.)
95. Ibn Qudaamah Al Maqdisi (Muwaffaq ud deen) (d. 620 A.H.)
96. Ibn Salah (d. 643 A.H.)
97. Al-’Izz ibn ‘Abdu’s-Salam (d. 660 A.H.)
98. Al-Amidi al-Ashari (d. 631 A.H.)
99. Imam an-Nawawi (e. 631 A.H.)
100. Al-Armawi Ashari (d. 682 A.H.)
101. Ibn Daqiqul ‘Eid (d. 702 A.H.)
102. Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728 A.H)
103. Al-Mizzi (d. 734 A.H.)
104. Adh-Dhahabi (d. 748 A.H.)
105. Ibn Qayyim al-Jawzi (d. 751 A.H.)
106. Imam as-Subki (d. 771 A.H.)
107. Ibn Kathir (d. 774 A.H.)
108. Ibn Nuhas (d. 814 A.H.)
109. Imam as-Suyuti (d. 849 A.H.)
110. Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (d. 852 A.H.)
111. As-Sakhawi (d. 903 A.H.)
112. As-Suyuti (d. 911 A.H.)

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