Q: Is it necessary for a layman who has no knowledge of Shariah to follow one of the mazhabs such as Hanafi, Shaafi’ee, Hambali or Maaliki?
A: Yes. For further details regarding taqleed of one of the four Imaams, refer to http://ihyaauddeen.co.za/?p=3812#Following_one_of_the_Four_Imaams_of_Fiqh
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.