Taqleed / Madhaahib

Why do we follow a Madhab and why only one? Why not all four? Isn't it shirk to blindly follow a Madhab? Shouldn't we be following the Qur'an and Hadith? What is Taqleed?

These and many more questions need answers. In today's climate of diverse personal opinions and the emergence of various fitnah, it is imperative to have knowledge of the basic tenets of our Beliefs, the Aqeedah of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah (i.e. the followers of the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam and his illustrious Companions) which is the mainstream, majority Sunni group.

Differences In The Ummah And The Straight Path

Differences In The Ummah And The Straight Path

By Maulana Muhammad Yusuf Ludhianvi (رحمه الله)

A critical look at the Shia-Sunni, Hanafi-Wahabi, and Deobandi-Barelvi-Maudoodi differences.

Answers the oft-repeated questions: Why the differences? Who should we follow?

A must read!

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Differences Of The Imams

Differences Of The Imams

By Shaykh ul Hadeeth Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi (رحمه الله)

If the Imams of the four schools [madhahib] (رحمة الله عليهم) established all of their rulings from the Qur’an and the Sunna, why have they differed on so many points? How can two authentic narrations from the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) appear to contradict one another? When is it acceptable for Muslims to differ over religious matters? What did the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) mean when he said, “The differences of my Umma are a source of mercy?”

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Shoulder To Shoulder, Not Feet To Feet!

Shoulder to Shoulder, Not Feet to Feet!

Muhammad Yusuf Danka

The Muqtadi should join their shoulders with others in the row either side of them (the feet should not be so far apart that shoulders cannot be joined) and not leave any space between each other. The feet and chest should face towards the Qibla. No individual should be slightly forward or behind the others (they should all be in one ‘straight’ line.)

The Imam should stand in a central position to the rows behind him the Muqtadis should form rows, completing the front rows first.

Rasullulah stated that the Imam should be ahead of the rows in a central position and no gaps should left in the rows. (Sunan Abu Dawood, vol 1, p99)

We will now explain how to position the feet in Salah through the correct meanings and purpose of the Ahadith of the Prophet , the actions of the companions , statements of the Khulafa Rashideen and the rulings of the four Imams of Fiqh .رحمه الله تعالى اجمعين


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The Legal Status of following a Madhab

The Legal Status of following a Madhab

by Mufti Taqi Uthmani.

No Muslim can deny that Islam's real message is to obey Allah alone. Emphasis has been placed upon following the Prophet Muhammed sallalahu alaihi wa sallam because he represented Allah's commandments through his words and actions. Allah and His Messenger have to be unequivocally followed in what is halal (permissible) and what is haram (forbidden): what is allowed and what is not. Whoever believes in following anyone besides Allah and His Messenger and regards that person as independent (of Allah and His Messenger) is surely outside the fold of Islam. Thus, every Muslim should attempt to follow the commandments of the Qur'an and Sunnah (the traditions and norms of the Prophet sallalahu alaihi wa sallam).

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Understanding Taqleed


By Mufti Muhammad Sajjad.

Whether or not a person should follow one of the four schools is an issue that has created much confusion among Muslims today. It is hoped this short treatise will serve to dispel much of the misinformation regarding this issue and furnish the details for why the four schools (Hanafī, Mālikī, Shāfiʿī and Hanbalī) have such a central role in Sunnī Islām.

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Who are the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama'ah?

Who are the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama'ah?

When Rasulullaah r informed the Sahabah y that conflict will arise after
he passes away, they asked him what he advised them to do during
such times. It was then that Rasulullaah r instructed them with the
words, “Hold fast to my Sunnah as well as the Sunnah of the rightly
guided Khulafaa who will come after me.” In this Hadith, Rasulullaah r
has issued the command that (1) his Sunnah as well as (2) the Sunnah
of the Khulafaa Raashideen need to be held fast on to......

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Why Follow Madhab And Correct Way Of Salat In Hanafi Madhab


Very often the following question is posed to many people: "Do you follow the Deen of Imaam Abu Hanifa (R.A.) or the Deen of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)?" "Obviously the Deen of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)," comes the instant reply. The second question is then posed: "Why then do you call yourself a Hanafi?" The person not well versed is perplexed by this question. Doubts are then created in his mind. He soon starts gradually drifting towards the abandoning of taqleed i.e. following one of the four illustrious Imaams viz. Imaam Abu Hanifa (R.A.), Imaam Shafi'i (R.A.), Imaam Malik (R.A.) and Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal (R.A.).

By means of the type of questions that have been mentioned above, a deliberate attempt is made to create a misconception in the minds of the unwary — that if you are a Hanafi, you are following the Deen of Imaam Abu Hanifa (R.A.), NOT the Deen of Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). This is an absolute fallacy. Imaam Abu Hanifa (R.A.), Imaam Shafi'i (R.A.) and the other Imaams did not invent any Deen of their own. They strictly followed the one and only Deen — the Deen of Islam brought by Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam). Their followers are hence also following the same Deen — the Deen of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).

Written by Sheikh Muhammad Ilyas Faisal

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