Following scholars who follow a Mathhab
Fatwa No: 241156

  • Fatwa Date:15-3-2014 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 14, 1435
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Question

assalam mu alaikum sheikh i am an ahle hadith living in india people here in india have different madhabs mostly they are the followers of hanafi madhab when we ahl hadith go to them and say about quran and sunnah and to the understanding of salaf they criticize us by saying you are gair muqallid...and you people have just come couple of centuries before and you are not the same ahle hadith which the scholars praised in their books rather they were mujathids they praised...and when we call them towards correct aqeeda and tell them to read book of imams like ibn taymiyyah imam ibn abdul wahhab sheikh bin baz sheikh ibn utaymin they would say to us that they were all muqallids of imam ahmad and you are not and ask us where ur books of aqeeda. i love all the imam mentioned above specially sheikh bin baz. i consider all of them as ahl hadith as they would never go against hadith like us and obey somone else rather than prophet peace be upon him i want to why people say that they were muqallids and ahl hadith,if they are not sheikhs of ahl hadith who are our sheikhs....plz sheikh make it clear for us may ALLAH reward you

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His Slave and Messenger.

The scholars to whom you referred in your question such as Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn ‘Abd Al-Wahhaab, Ibn Baaz, and Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them all, are honorable and venerable scholars known for their knowledge, piety, and devotion to doing good deeds. They were following the straight path in their beliefs and actions. They were students of the Hanbali School of Fiqh regarding Fiqh issues; therefore, they were indeed Hanbalis. However, whenever one of them realized a contradiction between the opinion of his school of Fiqh and the religious evidence, they would earnestly follow the religious evidence and give up the opinion of their school of Fiqh. They were not fanatical adherents to their school of Fiqh. In fact, this is the way the seeker of knowledge should be and such an attitude is not blameworthy. He is not required to be Muqallid.

As for lay Muslims, even if they belong to a certain Mathhab, they are not restricted to that Mathhab. Their Mathhab is that of whoever gives them Fatwa. They are required to ask those whom they trust their knowledge and religiosity and they should act according to the Fatwa they receive from them. Allaah, The Exalted, says (what means): {… So ask the people of the message if you do not know.}[Quran 16:43] Al-Qurtubi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote, “A lay Muslim, who does not have adequate knowledge to practice Ijtihaad, given his lack of qualification to do that, is obliged to consult the most knowledgeable scholars of his time and country and follow their Fatwa; Allaah, The Exalted, says (what means): {… So ask the people of the message if you do not know.} He has to look for the most knowledgeable scholar until he finds the scholar upon whose knowledge most people agree.

We would like to advise our brothers from Ahl Al-Hadeeth to call their Muslim brothers to Allaah kindly, leniently, and wisely given the prevalence of ignorance. Allaah, The Exalted, says (what means): {Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.}[Quran 16:125] ‘Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Allaah is Forbearing and He loves forbearance, and gives reward for forbearance as He does not give for violence, and as He does not reward for anything besides it (forbearance).” [Muslim]

Allaah knows best.

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