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On the principle : “Certainty is not overruled by Doubt” which fatwa is certainty?

Last updated: 26th January 2024
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Assalamualaikum I choose to believe one fatwa and then later have doubts because I found another fatwa with a greater weight of evidence but have not yet chosen to believe it. In such cases, which fatwa is considered "certainty" and which fatwa is considered "doubtful"?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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You have misunderstood the principle. The Fiqhi principle, ‘Certainty is not lifted by a doubt.’ This means that if one is certain about something, like the validity of worship then one will keep assuming it valid until certain that it was not. Doubts do not change this. This rule is applicable in situations in Wudhu etc, like when one doubts washing a part of a limb so this doubt one has won’t invalidate one’s Wudhu.

And Allah knows best

17 Rajab 1445/ 28 January 2024

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