Following a Madhab – Taqlid

RasulAllah (saw) said: “Indeed the cure for ignorance is to ask.” (Ahmad; Abu Dawud; Ibn Majah)

Ibn Qayyim said: “Ignorance is a fatal malady and its cure is in two things in agreement: A text from the Qur`an or from the Sunnah, and a physician possessing knowledge of the Deen.” (ash-Shaafiyatul-Kaafiyah)

Shawkani said: “Undoubtedly the common man should ask the scholar, and the one who is imperfect should ask the one who is perfect, so he should refer to people of knowledge who are known for their religious commitment and piety. The scholar to be consulted is the one who has knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah and who is acquainted with all the knowledge he need to enable him to understand the Qur’an and Sunnah, so that he will be able to give him the correct answer. The common man should ask the one who is well versed in the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of RasulAllah (saw), thus he will be learning the truth from its sources, and he will learn the ruling from the proper source, and he may rest assured that he has been given a sound opinion and will not fall into error that goes against Islam.” (Irshad al-Fuhul, 450-451)

Ibn al-Salaah says: “al-Samani stated that there is no reason why one should ask the mufti for evidence, so as to be on the safe side. He should tell him the evidence if it is definitive, but he does not have to do that if it is not definitive, because the commoner may not have enough knowledge to understand the ijtihad. And Allah knows best what is correct.” (Adab al-Mufti wa’l-Mustafti, 171)


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