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Becoming Shafi’i?

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Can I change from a hanafi to a shafi and would it be a good idea in Britain?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam,

Madhhabs are a means to an end, which is to worship Allah and obey Him in a sound, proper and pleasing manner.

As such, what madhhab one follows should be determined by which madhhab one can:

1. Learn soundly (through book and, ideally, scholars);

2. Get one’s questions answered most easily;

3. Feels an intellectual or heart-felt inclination towards.

Secondary considerations (though far less important than the above) are one’s cultural background, one’s environment, and the like.

And Allah knows best.

Faraz Rabbani.

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