One of the opponents of Hazrat Imam Abu Hanifa came to him and said: "I want to marry your mother. Give her to me in wedlock.”
The purpose of that man was to vex the great Imam otherwise the Imam's respectable mother was much too old.
May we be sacrificed on the Imam's good morals that though he felt very much aggrieved, he neither rebuked him nor showed anger. On the contrary, he said to him: "Wait! I will just go in to ask my mother and bring her reply."
The revered Imam went in and when he came out he found the man lying dead. This was the result of the great Imam's silence over that unfortunate wretch's attempt at aggrieving him.