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As a muslim, the only person whom you choose to follow is Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and, of course, Allah. Whether to follow any other person totally depends on you. All the imam's are highly respectable persons and have dedicated their lives with exceptional work. But they are human and thus, as human, can make mistakes. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has fully ...


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I am using two references for this answer and both quote the same. Disclaimer: This is not my claim. I am just summarizing information. Before that it is important to know what is the right belief: It is fine to follow one of the four Madhabs if someone wishes to do it. However, one should not make it obligatory upon Muslims. A Muslim can follow any ...


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I do not know of any established rules, so this is a matter of opinion. I do not think that the opinion of the majority always translates into the opinion being correct, or the opinion that must be followed. Step 1: Check the stance of the scholars For the scholars in disagreement (the minority in this case, since your question is focused on a majority vs. ...


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Let me first correct some of the assumptions in your question before answering it. There are four major schools of thought today, correct. This is in jurisprudence (fiqh). Wahhabism is not a school of fiqh. These schools of fiqh do not reject one another - in fact they acknowledge and respect one another. Secondly, it is important to distinguish the ...


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Short Answer: Ja'fari Madhab is the School of Jurisprudence of most Shiites. It is derived from the name of Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad Sadiq, the 6th Shiite Infallible authority (Imam), a descendent, and in fact a member, of the Prophet’s Ahl al-Bayt or Household according to the Shiite concept of the term. Ja'fari School is thus distinguished from Sunni ...


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Knowledge of Islam can be divided into two layers: aqeedah (belief) and fiqh (laws). From this perspective, a sect is a group that distinguishes itself from the rest of the groups through beliefs. Fiqh, on the other hand, does not make or break a sect; in fact, the four madhabs (in terms of fiqh) are simply codified rules for extracting law from primary ...


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Well this very question has been covered several times on the site either directly or indirectly from many perspectives let me give you just an overview on some of the related questions: Can a person take individual opinions from any of the four schools or is it mandatory to follow only one throughout your life? Is it important to follow one of the four ...


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Note that among the "founders" of the four sunni madhabs (you quoted, as one should add the dhahiri school, which still exists to them too) only Imam a-Shafi'i really quoted and recorded his osol (sources or principles) of fiqh himself in his book ar-Risala (and also in his records like kitab jamma'a al-'ilm, ikhtilaf al-Hadith, ahkam al-Quran and ibtal al-...


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I am not sure where this opinion is coming from, and I do not claim that it never existed, but I have not come across it. On the contrary, Ahmad ibn 'Abdul-Wahhāb Ash-Shanqīti in his book Khabar al-Wāhid. pp. 249 quoted Ar-Risāla by Imam Ash-Shafi'i with him saying that there is no known disagreement among Muslim jurists that ahād hadiths are acceptable for ...


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According to the Maliki school: only one salam (Tasleemah تسليمة) is wajib (obligatory - required). And they rely on this Hadith as a proof that only one single tasleemah is required: Aishah narrated: "Allah's Messenger would say one Taslim for the Salat while facing forward and turning to his right side a little." عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ ...


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According to the four Sunni schools, it is permissible to follow any school of thought (madhhab) provided that: The sources are the Qur'an or the authenticated Sunnah (depending on the extent of the ruling and its impact). If their school of thought is in contradiction with Qur'an or Sunnah, either through misinterpretation of a verse, misunderstanding, or ...


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Yes Imam Ash-Shaafi`i said: "Al-Layth is more knowledgeable than Maalik." (p. 524 of al-Shafi`i's Manaqib) He means Maalik Ibn Anas, the Imaam of the people of Al-Madeenah. And there was a Laythi school of jurisprudence. From Wikipedia: The Laythi (Arabic: الليث‎‎) madhhab was an 8th-century religious law school of Fiqh within Sunni Islam ...


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The complete statement of imam a-Shafi'i (see for example wafayat al-a'ayan of ibn Khallikan) is as quoted in the comment of @Kilise: اللَّيْثُ أَفْقَهُ مِنْ مَالِكٍ إِلاَّ أَنَّ أَصْحَابَه لَمْ يَقُوْمُوا بِهِ This might be translated as follows: "al-Laith was more knowledgable than Malik, but his student didn't compile or save his knowledge." He has ...


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No. This is not allowed. This is a classical example of Talfeeq Batil i.e. mixing various rulings to come up with a new action that is not endorsed or held by anybody. This is Talfeeq Batil, because all the scholars who said that bleeding doesn't break Wudu say that it does break when a man touches a woman, and all scholars who say touching a woman doesn't ...


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You could follow a madhab but you don't have to as the only person you should follow is the Messenger of Allah peace be upon him, else -and in first palce- as a Muslim you should submitt to Allah's word in the Quran. There's no rule saying you have to follow a madhab blind throughout your life! The Imams of the 4 Madhabs used to change their opinion fatwa/...


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According to Shia Fiqh (jurisprudence) it is forbidden to eat Eel, not only Eal but also any other fish that has no scale (and never does during its life): "Eat any fish that has scales, and do not eat what does not have scales." (Imam Baqir a.s) [al-Kolayni, al-Kaafi, vol.6 p. 219]; See here. Also see the followings for similar Ahadeeth from Shia ...


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Maybe not a final answer, I won't add references, as you may find enough in my relevant posts Taqlid isn't per se something haram, as we are always asked to ask people who have more knowledge than we have by qur'an. Ijtihad is something which is strongly recommended (if not ordered) all the time and no scholar would deny this and all would consider it as ...


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This question is frequently asked. So I just want to give a short point of view. Yes we are all muslims, we are one in deen, one in aqidah. However, we are different in skin colors, races, languages, sexes (genders), cultures, environments, intelligence, ways of thinking, etc. Indeed it will be boring if there is no difference at all. Quoting Omar TV series,...


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All Praise to Allah Subhanahu wa Taala and blessings of Him be on Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him His family and companions, Why the work of the mujtahid Imams of Sacred Law, those who deduce shari‘a rulings from Qur’an and hadith are important and the question arises "Who needs the Imams of Sacred Law when we have the Qur’an and hadith? Why can’t we ...


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From the Shafie Madhhab that I follow, eel is considered Halal to eat because in Shafie, all the food in the sea can be eaten. Meanwhile according to Maliki School, 'sea pig' is considered as Makruh due to the word 'pig' in it. In Hanafi, only fishes are halal and everything else like crab, prawn etc. are considered Haram.


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There are two type of differences among groups: Difference in beliefs views Difference in Fiqh views The first one is what makes sects (Sunni, Shia, etc..), and it's actually a disaster. This difference shouldn't have existed at all. The whole Muslim Ummah should be united, we should follow what the prophet said "Follow my Sunnah, and the Sunnah of the ...


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There's a statement of ibn Taymiyah that the madhab of the people of Medina is the closest to truth (Is this really objective?) - See for example fatwa islamqa #200879 in Arabic. But this doesn't mean the madhab of Malik explicitly. As a-Shafi'i already showed that Malik didn't follow the opinion of the majority of scholars of Medina in several issues and ...


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Evidences for sunnah or nafl before the jumu'ah prayer Let's start by some evidences: "Whoever takes a bath on Friday, purifies himself as much as he can, then uses his (hair) oil or perfumes himself with the scent of his house, then proceeds (for the Jumua prayer) and does not separate two persons sitting together (in the mosque), then prays as much as (...


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Here is the Reference from the al Muwatta about the 3 Tasleemat: Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi that Abdullah ibn Umar used to say the tashahhud saying, "In the name of Allah. Greetings belong to Allah. Prayers belong to Allah. Pure actions belong to Allah. Peace be on the Prophet and the mercy of Allah and His blessings. Peace be on us ...


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Firstly we must acknowledge a few things... 1) All 4 scholars meant well and did their best to understand and explain Islam 2) All 4 scholars were human beings and are prone to mistakes. The answer to your question would be "YES" and "NO".... and here is why.... YES it divides... If someone chooses to follow a specific scholar and calls himself a "hanafi"...


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According to the nice book of sheikh al-Bouti called lectures in comparative jurisprudence محاضرات في الفقه المقارن were the first chapter or example is about the issue whether moonsighting at a location is binding for other or not he quoted two opinions: A sighting at a location is not binding for an other location which is far away from it. This is (...


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First we need differentiate between belief schools and jurisprudence schools. Belief Schools/Sects (Major only): Sunni Shi'a Jurisprudence Schools: (Sunni only) Malki Hanify Shafai Hanbali You need to only follow one belief school. There are differences between recognized sources for each of the belief schools which lead to differences in rulings as ...


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First of all, legal schools represent the difference between scholars in Fiqh issues, not theological issues. Normally, in Muslim majority countries, there is almost always a Mufti of the state, or a person in such position, who heads a religious ministry or so. This ministry will then help common people in their questions and Fiqh issues, and will then ...


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It's permissible under conditions specified in the Qur'an: This day [all] good foods have been made lawful, and the food of those who were given the Scripture is lawful for you and your food is lawful for them. And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when ...


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