Adhering to one of the four Imaams

Adhering to one of the four Imaams

Question: What is your advice to a beginner seeking knowledge – should he adhere to one of the four Imaams (i.e. Abu Haneefah, Maalik ibn Anas, ash-Shaafi’ee, Ahmad ibn Hanbal) or should he leave them?

 Response: Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says:  {Then ask the People of Knowledge if you do not know}, [Soorah an-Nahl, Aayah 43 and Soorah al-Anbiyaa., Aayah 7].  So if the student is an absolute beginner, and (therefore) does not know how to extract the evidences (from their sources, i.e. the Qur.aan and the Sunnah), then there is nothing for him except to adhere to one of the (four) Imaams or any of the Imaams (major scholars) of today and ask him. This is best.  However, if he should find that (any particular) statement (of this Imaam) differs from the authentic hadeeth, then it is obligatory upon him to adhere to the authentic hadeeth (and in doing so, leave the statement of the Imaam).

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Kitaabul-‘Ilm – Page 115, Question 14

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