Not Obliged To Follow a Specific Math'hab (School of Fiqh)
Fatwa No: 384379

Question

My question is about waswas regarding following a particular madhab. Me and my husband used to follow hanafi. But in case of a conditional divorce, my husband asked our local scholar and got fatwa that it did not count as he only intended threat. I also wrote about it to you. But my mind is at unrest because I already knew about the hanafi fatwa that such a divorce is counted. Still I did not ask any hanafi scholar (may be out of fear) but agreed when my husband wanted to ask local scholar. What if the view that one has to follow his own madhab in all situations is true? What will be my defence then? I get severe waswas and cannot serve my husband. I cannot concentrate in prayer, dhikr because my mind keeps telling me if its all zina then I am doomed. I continuously blame myself for my disobedience to husband that led him to say words of divorce. I think like if I had not done such and such.. But again I feel such thought is contrary to Qadr. Please do not redirect me to previous answers. Please make my mind rest about madhab issues.

Answer

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

The fact that you follow the view of the Hanafi Math-hab (School of jurisprudence) should not prevent you from acting according to another view of the scholars in this matter or any other matter.

A Muslim is required act according to what he is reassured to be in conformity with the truth, and he is not obliged to follow a specific Math-hab or ask a particular Shaykh in all matters for a Fatwa.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 89353 and 234370.

Even if it is said that one should follow a specific Math-hab, a person who is affected with whispers is permitted to follow the easiest Math-hab as a way of repelling the difficulties or harm that are caused by Waswaas (whispers).

Therefore, we advise you to repel whispers and not pay any attention to them.

For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 379081.

Allah knows best.

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