How Do I Obey My Parents If They Follow a Different Madhab?

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Question: If one has different fiqh positions to one’s parents, does one still have to obey them in that which is sinful in one’s own opinion or madhhab?


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

No, one does not have to have to obey them in that which is sinful in one’s own opinion or madhhab. (Al- Fatawa, Bulqini)

However, it is far superior to try one’s best to do what they ask as long as what they are asking is not sinful or offensive across all schools of fiqh.

For example, your father wants you to eat with your left hand. You should not do that. However, if he wants you to join prayers while you are traveling, and he is Shafi’ and you are Hanafi, you should just join following one of the other schools.

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I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid Dingle

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