Picking and choosing from other mazhabs

Q: Can a shafi follower follow hanafi fiqh in matters of thaharah and purity and perform salah, fasting and hajj according to shafi fiqh when he feels hanafi fiqh is easier in taharah matters than shafi fiqh? Or can a shafi follower adopt some opinions of the hanafi Imam in matters of taharah not as a whole because he feels it easier? Will he be sinning by doing like this when his intention is not to follow his nafs but to make his life easier? Allah Ta’ala and our Rasul (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) also teach that we should make our deen easy to follow?


A: If he is a Shafi, then he should follow the Shaafi mazhab. He should not adopt the attitude of picking and choosing from other mazhabs what suits him. For further details refer to http://muftionline.co.za/node/2054 and http://muftionline.co.za/node/3347.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)