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Taqleed, Ijtihad & Madahabs: quotes and how to respond to Salafis.

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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.


Wa Alaikumus Salam,

1 & 2. The above link is a link to the
Book by Mufti Taqi Usmani Sahib on the legal status of following a
Madhab. This issue is very long and will require a lengthy explanation.
InshaAllah the book shall be sufficient to answer this question. If
there are more detailed queries, it is advised to contact a scholar
(sister scholars are also available) directly.

3. InshaAllah we are available and we will do as much as possible inshaAllah.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Saifur Rahman Sahib
London, UK

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This answer was collected from MuftiSays.com, based in London (UK). It is one of the fruits of Darul Uloom London. Many ‘ulama are involved in answering the Q&A on the site, including: Shaikul Hadeeth Mufti Umar Farooq Sahib, Mufti Saifur Rahman Sahib, Mufti Abdullah Patel Sahib, Maulana Qamruz Zaman Sahib, Mufti Abu Bakr Karolia Sahib.

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