In conclusion: We have thus established:
1. When a
person aligns himself with the Deobandi and Hanafi school of thought, he is not
binding himself to the jurisdiction and opinions formulated at the time of the
Imams. Rather, he has limited himself to the understanding and conclusions of
the Deobandi scholars of the later age. Taqleed of the Hanafi madhhab is
actually a call to the Taqleed of the Deobandi elders.
2. Despite being committed to Taqleed, the
Deobandis do differ with their Imam, taking the opinions of the later Hanafi
scholars. In essence, therefore, they too are not averse to the notion that an
Imamís view could be erroneous.
3. There is precedence from the Deobandis
that there is room for abandoning the ruling of oneís Madhhab and following the
ruling of the other.