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Morg got a reaction from shia farm girl in Imam Jaffar were the teacher of 4 Sunni Schools?
i am a sunni brother
when imam noman abu hanifa (ra). also known as imam hanifa (ra) went out from baghdad to learn about islam. he met some sahabas. i think it were 4. during his lifetime he also got knowledge from 100s of tabiyeen. he himself was a tabiyeen. now this information and source were from the sahabas and tabiyeen, he already knew the quraan. now he needed the knowledge of ahle bait. and who were better than the head of the syedi family , imam jaafar saadiq (ra)
still imam hanifa (ra) were some years elder than imam jaafir (ra) but he got much information transferred from the line of imam jaafar (ra) thru imam mohammad baqr (ra) from imam zayn ul abedeen (ra) from imam hussain (ra) who with imam hassan (ra) got it all from hazrat ali ibn abi talib (ra) who again got his knowledge from mohammad saww who got the message of Allah swt thru hazrat gibrael (ra)
(this chain is known by the sufis)
now both imam hanifa (ra) and imam jaafar (ra) were killed in the prison of the abbasid khalif al-mansur the same year.
imam malik bin anas (ra) also known as imam malik. is believed to be the student of both imam hanifa (ra) and imam jaafar (ra).
imam abdullah ibn idrees shafei, aka imam idrees (ra) is known to be the student of imam malik (ra)
imam ahmad ibn hanbal (ra) aka imam hanbal (ra) is known to be the student of imam shafei (ra)
so technically all the imams got the same sources. but since the later two imams were born after the demise of imam hanifa (ra) and imam jaafar (ra) they got a different perspective on the hadiths and knowledge. thereby the four schools evolved. thus most sunnis agree that sunnis got 4 schools which are true. and in addition the shia sect of zaydi is included. others also include the jaafari ithna ashari sect too. mostly the akbaris.