No he was not a Shi'i, let alone a Muslim.  Leave aside Imam Jaffar Al-Sadiq(as) sending La'an on him for a minute. Abu Hanifa was cursed by Ahmad bin Hanbal and many other early Sunni scholars for making Ijtihad based on his opinions, and so was he attacked sharply by Al-Shafi'i.   Moreover, Malik Ibn Anas, is not any different. Have you read Malik's Muwata? Have you ever pondered why Malik hardly narrated Hadith from Imam Jaffar(as), despite the fact that he , as well as Abu Hanifa studied und