وَمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَىٰٓ إِبۡرَٲهِـۧمَ وَإِسۡمَـٰعِيلَ
وَٱلۡأَسۡبَاطِ وَمَآ أُوتِىَ مُوسَىٰ وَعِيسَىٰ
وَمَآ أُوتِىَ ٱلنَّبِيُّونَ
مِن رَّبِّهِمۡ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيۡنَ أَحَدٍ۬ مِّنۡهُمۡ
(136)وَنَحۡنُ لَهُ ۥ مُسۡلِمُونَ
Say ye: "We believe, in Allah and the revelation given to us and to Abraham Isma`il Isaac Jacob and the Tribes and that given to Moses and Jesus and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord we make no difference between one and another of them and we bow to Allah (in Islam)." (136)
what is the hanif mean?
Ḥanīf (Arabic حنيف, plural ḥunafā' حنفاء) is an Arabic term that refers to pre-Islamic non-Jewish or non-Christian Arabian monotheists. More specifically, in Islamic thought it refers to the people during the (pre-Islamic) period known as the Jāhiliyya or "Ignorance", who were seen to have rejected Shirk (polytheism) and retained some or all of the true tenets of the monotheist religion of Ibrahim (Abraham) that, according to Islamic view, has preceded Judaism and Christianity.
Ḥanīf, capitalized, can also be a common Arabic proper name used for its more literary and poetic definition, "true believer" or "righteous one". The name is used throughout the Muslim world including non-Arabic speaking cultures.
List of hanifs
3-Hashim ibn Abd al-Manaf
5-‘Abd Allah ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib
6-Abu Talib ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib
9-Said ibn Zayd
The four friends in Mecca from Ibn Ishaq's account:
1-Zaid ibn Amr ibn Nufail: rejected both Judaism and Christianity
2-Waraqah ibn Nawfal: converted to Christianity
3-Uthman ibn Huwarith: travelled to the Byzantine Empire and converted to Christianity
4-Ubayd-Allah ibn Jahsh: early Muslim convert who emigrated to Abyssinia and then converted to Christianity.
Hanif opponents of Islam from Ibn Ishaq's account:
1-Abu Amir Abd Amr ibn Sayfi: a leader of the tribe of Banu Aus at Medina and builder of the "Mosque of the Schism" mentioned in the Quranic verse 9:107 and later allied with the Quraysh then moved to Taif and onto Syria after subsequent Muslim conquests.
2-Abu Qays ibn al-Aslat
The hanafiyya are seen as the followers of the religion of Abraham who venerated the Kaaba and differed with the Quraysh and having differed over the "association" of the Lord of the sacred precinct in Mecca with other gods. Some of the "devotional practices" of Islam attributed to them include the veneration of the Kaaba, the pilgrimages of the Hajj and umra, the standing at Arafat and Muzdalifa and the sacrificing of camels.
The hanīfiyya have been the subject of academic controversy and accounts of natural "Arab" monotheist have not been universally accepted by Western scholars, with some instances being generally ascribed to special pleading, such as for Waraqa, while G.R. Hawting rejects the Muslim explanations believing that they are later distortions.