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What to do with majority opinions by scholars?

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 ...
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What is the origin of the Ja'fari Madhab (School of Jurisprudence)?

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, ...
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According to the four Sunni schools, is it impermissible to follow an extinct madhhab?

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 ...
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Is it necessary to follow a particular madhab?

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 ...
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Did Muhammad bin idrees ash shafaee make such a statement?

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 ...
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Did Muhammad bin idrees ash shafaee make such a statement?

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 ...
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What are basic (osol al fiqh) differences & similarities between the 4 (existing) Legal Sunni Schools: Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki, & Shafi'i? Charts?

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 (...
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Did Imam Ash-Shafei reject some hadith?

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-...
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Can a person take individual opinions from any of the four schools or is it mandatory to follow only one throughout your life?

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 ...
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How many Sunnah and Nafl rak'at one should offer in Jumuah salah according to all the 4 Imaams?

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 ...
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What does the "Taqlid Period, after the formation of Madhabs and the closing of the gate of ijtihad" refer to?

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 ...
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Is it true that the Prophet Muhammad foretold the birth of Malik ibn Anas?

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 ...
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Why are there different Islamic Schools?

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, ...
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Is it necessary to follow a particular madhab?

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 ...
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Time of Asr Salah according to Safi'i and Hanafi can I follow both?

Well if you want to pray and don't have any headache take the Hanafi rule. More detailled answer is here: http://www.isgr.org/asrpray.htm This is also supported by a Hadith in Muwata' Malik Yahya ...
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How does the Maliki school make Tasleem at the end of salat?

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 ...
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Sunni - Is it obligatory for a Muslim to adhere to one specific School of Thought (Madhhab)?

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 ...
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What are the opinions on moonsigthing as per the classical scholars?

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 ...
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Does the Hanafi madhab allow men to get married to women of the people of the book?

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 ...
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In what way does a layperson have no legal school?

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 ...
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Is the night prayer obligatory or desirable?

There are five fard (obligatory) prayers in Sunni Islam: You have to offer perfectly the five compulsory prayers in a day and night (24 hours), unless you want to pray Nawafil. Sahih al-Bukhari ...
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How are Adhan and Iqama recited in the Ibadi madhhab?

Note that among the Ibadi madhhab there's a difference of opinion between the Ibadi's from al-Mashriq (for example 'Oman) and those from al-Maghrib. I found the following statement from a 'Omani site:...
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Madhab of the salaf and the 4 madahib (Maliki, Shafi'i, Hanbali, Hanafi)

What does madhhab as-Salaf mean? First saying madhhab(u) as-Salaf as -Saalih is suggesting that the early generations of Muslims had a (single) madhhab which is wrong. Secondly madhhab in the ...
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Is it necessary to follow a particular madhab?

As a new muslim, people tend to ask me which madhab do you follow... are you Hanafi, Maliki , Shafi or Hambali? What do I answer? Following a madhab is not obligatory. During the time of the prophet, ...
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How do no Madhhab sects determine strongest opinion?

Logic or reasoning. Basically, no-madhhab sects consider that it is an individual's responsibility if he has studied the basics of Islamic Law (which are mostly the same across all maddhabs) to ...
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Why are there different Islamic Schools?

As Muslims we're told to strive for the truth and sometimes when striving for truth and analyzing Islamic texts to form a view, there is difference in opinion (based on differing understandings). So ...
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If I follow a madhhab, must I follow them in all matters?

This is basically a question about ijtihād. The classic Islamic view is that every Muslim should follow one particular law school and adhere to its teachings literally and in all its details (taqlīd). ...
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