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.

Hopping from one Mazhab to another

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Q: Why do the Ulama say that we need to stick to one mazhab? Can’t one apply one’s personal understanding and reasoning in choosing the opinion of the mazhab which one regards correct?   A: In principle, we believe and accept that all four mazhabs are on Haq. Similarly, each mazhab has their proofs which are… read more »

Keeping the beard at one fist length

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Q: 1. How long was the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam’s) beard? 2. Did the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) trim his beard if it was longer than a fist? 3. What is the Shariah ruling of keeping a beard longer than a fist? 4. Is the following information about the length of the beard correct? Please… read more »

Reciting behind the Imaam

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Q: I require clarification on the following 1.During Dhuhr and Asr, when we say our Salaah in silence, must the Imam and the Musallis recite the Surah/Ayats in silence, each on their own or must the Imam alone recite the Surah/Ayats and the Musallis must keep quiet? 2.On Jumu’ah Day why is the Adhaan said… read more »

Hadith question

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Q: 1. Volume 1, Book 12, Number 802 (Sahih Bukhari): Narrated by Abu Ma’bad (the freed slave of Ibn ‘Abbas) Ibn ‘Abbas told me, “In the lifetime of the Prophet it was the custom to celebrate Allah’s praises aloud after the compulsory congregational prayers.” Ibn ‘Abbas further said, “When I heard the Dhikr, I would… read more »

Correcting the Imaam

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Q: In what instances are the followers allowed to correct an Imam and when should they not correct the Imam? A: If the Imaam stands up to perform an extra rakaat or the Imaam performs less rakaats, the muqtadis should recite tasbeeh in order to inform him of his mistake. And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى)… read more »