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Following a Madhhab (Permanent Committee Fatwa)

Q 2: Is it obligatory for every Muslim to follow a particular Madh-hab (School of Jurisprudence) and exclude all the other Madh-habs?

A: It is not permissible for a person who is able to derive the ruling and substantiate it to be fanatical about a particular Madh-hab. Rather, they should follow any of the Madhabs of Ahl-ul-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah) as long as it establishes the proof.

Anyone who does not have the ability to derive rulings based on evidence (from the Qur'an and Sunnah) should refer to the people of knowledge and piety.

Allah (Exalted be He) says: "So ask the people of the Reminder, if you do not know." 

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'

Member     Member     Chairman
Bakr Abu Zayd     Salih Al-Fawzan     `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh

Permanent Committee Fatwas / Group 2 > Volume 4: Fiqh – Taharah > Usul-ul-Fiqh > Following the Madh-hab / The second question of Fatwa no. 21030