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Taqleed, Ijtihad & Madahabs

QUESTION:
As Salam Walikum, Questions regarding Taqleed, Ijtihad & Madahabs

1. When answering this issue in the past you?ve used both logic & Quran/Hadith. But when explaining to many people i.e. ‘Ahl-Hadith’ ‘Salafis’, they reject any type of logic. When you corner them, they say this deen is not based on logic. And they have their own interpretations of the Quranic verses & Hadith which you quote in regards to taqleed. So please can you provide me with quotes & names of renowned scholars whom they too accept from the early centuries who have said a)Taqleed is wajib on the layman. b)Wajib to stick to the opinion of one imam. c)Wajib to follow 1 of the 4 schools of thought. (Please be as detailed as possible).

2. They say it’s incorrect to claim it is wajib to follow a madhab because this means those who are not will be at a state of sin and will go hellfire. How do I respond to this?

3. It seems that there are no Hanafi ulema active in helping us in this issue? There are only a few books in English we can resort to, other than that we have no support from the onslaught of the salafi dawah. Only recently in our locality we were condemned for praying 20 Rak?ats for Tarawih which according to them is a ?REPREHENSIBLE BIDAH?. Most of us do not have the time or capability to research into depth regarding each & every controversial issue of Fiqh the salafis bring up & we can’t seek help directly from Hanafi ulema as they are not as available as the salafi imams in Greater London. Hanafi imams in our locality seem to be quiet in this issue and as a result the salafis are harassing many & have dulled many people.

JAZAKALLAH KHAIR

Answer
Bismihi Ta’ala

The legal status of following a Madhhab is more than enough to answer all of your questions. It tackles all the questions you raised. Please read it carefully.

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Mufti Yaseen Shaikh

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