I just came across this:
A hadith given by al Bukhari and Muslim states that Abu Hurairah narrated Allah’s messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying:
"if the Din were at the Pleides , even then a person from Persia would have taken hold of it, or one amongst the Persian descent would surely have found it".
Abu Huraira also narrates: "We were sitting in the company of Allah’s Apostle (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) when Surah al Juma was revealed to him and when he recited amongst them (those who were sitting there) said ‘Allah s Messenger?’ but Allah’s Apostle (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) made no reply, until he was questioned once, twice or thrice, and there was amongst us Salman the Persian. Allah’s Apostle (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) placed his hand on Salman and then said: "Even if faith were near the Pleides a man from amongst these would surely find it".
Imam as-Suyuti a Shafi alim (rh) remarked "It has been communicated unanimously that this hadith refers to Imam Abu Hanifah".
Just wondering, has anyone got more insight into this? And also, what does "Pleides" mean?