Imam-e-Azam Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu ‘anhu) earned his living by trading. Every Friday, he distributed 20 gold coins to the poor for his parents soul. For 40 years Imam-e-Azam Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu ‘anhu) performed the Fajr Salaah with the Wudu that he made for the Esha Salaah (ie. he did not sleep after the night prayer). He performed Hajj 55 times. He used to recite the entire Holy Quran once every day and once every night.

Imam-e-Azam Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu ‘anhu) had so much of Taqwa (Piety) that for 30 years he fasted every day (except for the 5 forbidden days). He often read the Holy Quran in one rakaah or two. He did not accept any presents from anyone. He wore clothes like those of the poor. Imam-e-Azam Abu Hanifa (radi Allahu ‘anhu) once said:

I laughed once in my life and I regret it.

He talked little and thought much. It is said that at the place where his soul was taken, he read the Holy Quran 7000 times.