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Must Muslims Follow Only One School of Thought?

Wa Alaikum Assalam Dear Mehti, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. The answer is: Neither. I think that it is wrong for non-specialists in Islamic law to derive rulings themselves from the texts. However, I also think that it is wrong to strictly follow one of those four schools of …

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How Can I Decide Which Scholar to Follow?

Salam Dear Sister, Thank you for this interesting question and for bringing up this important issue. A lot of new Muslims have the same dilemma. While they feel they need a spiritual leader, they also worry about following the wrong one, and I completely support them in that feeling. It’s dangerous to follow the wrong …

Should I Be Salafi or Hanafi?

Asalamu Alaikum, Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question. Dr. Shabir Ally addresses this question in the video below: Transcript: Ilyas Ally: Dr. Shabir, the question we have before us is from a viewer from Kazakhstan in Central Asia. And he says, in his country that everybody follows the Hanafi madhab, or school of …

Why Follow a Madhab if we Have the Sunnah?

“How does one pick a madhab?”, I wondered. Is it by random or do you have to study each one then select the most appealing one? I had just bought all 9 volumes of the rarely found Sahih al-Bukhari in New York at the time. It was like having a treasure. My evenings were spent engrossed in its chapters, mesmerized by the amount of details recorded about our Prophet.

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