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Last updated: 9th April 2006
Question ID: #1717
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9th April 2006

Assalamu alaykum,

i just wanted to know what u thought about following a madhhab, is it better than following the sunnah and following all the ahadeeth that are authentic from all the madhhabs.

wassalamu alaykum

Ulamaa ID 04
Answer last updated on:
9th December 2007
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah\'s guidance)

In the present time the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah is confined to the four Madhabs. Whoever searches for the path of the Sunnah beyond the confines of the four Madhabs will deviate in to Baa’til. Since every teaching of the four Madhabs is the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, deviation therefrom is to deviate from the Sunnah. Those who deviate from the Sunnah are destined for Jahannum according to the explicit pronouncement of Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam who said:

"Bani Israael split into seventy-two sects. My Ummat will split into seventy-three sects. All of which, save one, will be in the fire"

When he was asked regarding the sects which will be saved from the fire Rasulullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said:
"That path on which I and my Sahaabah are."

Salvation (Najaat) in the hereafter (Aakhirah) therefore depends on donning the mantle of Taqleed. We should strive to ensure our safety from the ingeniously subtle designs of Shaitaan to drag us with him into eternal punishment.

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Please also read the book: 'The legal status of following a Madhhab' By Mufti Taqi Uthmani.

And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.