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Creed Of Prayer Imam

Is it appropriate to ask an imam about his "creed/belief" to determine if one should follow him in congregational prayer?

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Taqleed And The Muslim Jurists

An argument proposed by the proponents of following the imāms is that they (the imams) took all of that (the religious knowledge) from the students of the companions (tabi’in) who received their instruction from the companions themselves, who received their instructions from the Lawgiver himself, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, divinely protected from every mistake, who bore witness that the first three generations of Muslims would be ones of virtue and righteousness. Also, these Imams were from the best of the generations and thus are considered by the consensus to have reached human perfection. So, how can one say that following any one of these imams is not the right way?

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Supplications After The Salah

The imam who leads the prayer, supplicates after the salah is completed. I personally prefer to recite supplications ascribed to the Prophet (sws) through reliable narrators. Some prayers have wahid mutakallim tense whereas Imam has to say dua for all namazeez using (plural) tense. Since for me it is difficult to change from singular to plural like Qalbi to Qulobuna and so on. So is it ok for imam to recite dua in wahid mutakallim tense.

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Schools Of Thought

I wanted to know your views on different (legal) schools of through. Which school of Islam is on right path?

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Women Imams

Are women allowed to lead men in prayers? Are these historical examples true? A woman led the funeral prayers for Imam Shafi'i (a respected Muslim scholar). In another stance the Holy Prophet (sws) would visit an elderly woman. The male servant of that woman would use to call the adhaan (call for prayer) while the woman herself would lead the prayer (http://shams.za.org/womenclaim.htm )

Also should women be allowed to pray alongside men in the mosques as they do in hajj? Or should they be segregated?
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The Four Schools

Can you explain what led to the forming of four sects in sunnis following the four Imams and how do these differ among each other.

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Appointment Of An Imam To Lead The Prayers

Did the Holy Prophet (sws) appoint a full time imam to run each mosque during his lifetime? If not, when was the imamat institution introduced? Outside of prayer times, were the mosques used as a civil secretariat or a qadi court to dispense justice?

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Objection Against Imam Abu Hanifah

I wanted to know what exactly are the objections raised against Imam Abu Hanifah in the field of Hadith and your response to these.

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Offering Prayer Led By An Imam Who Commits Polytheistic Acts

I would like to know if it is permissible to pray 'Jumu’ah (Friday) Prayer led by a person who goes to graves of righteous people to seek blessing from them and also prostrates on graves? Please note that there is no other option for me. My college is situated in a village and the only option is to pray in that particular mosque. Is it permissible to offer Jumu’ah (Friday) Prayer at my college after delivering the sermon?

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A Negative View Of The Work And Contributions Of Imam Abu Hanifa

I recently came to know from some of my friends that imam Auu Hanifa was a deviant. He referred to the views of the great scholars of the past about the work and person of Imam Abu Hanifah. He told me that Imam Fakhr Al-Din Razi, wrote: "Imam Ahmad b. Hanbal was asked about Imam Malik. The reply was: “His Hadiths are correct but the narrators are weak.” Someone asked him about Imam Shafi'i. The reply was: “His Hadiths and opinion is correct.” Then someone asked him about Imam Abu Hanifa. He said "Nu’man's opinion and his hadiths bear no value'."

Similar or severer comments have been attributed to Imam Shafi’i and Imam Malik. Some report that they even called him a liar. Please comment.
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Taqleed

Is it necessery to fallow one imam or one muslak? Are we rewarded just for reciting the Holy Qur’an?

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Strictly Following A Particular School Of Thought

It is crystal clear that Islam is the divine religion and all its adherents are Muslims. Despite knowing this fact, people do not want to part from their fiqhs and enter the pure Islam. What is the reason behind this attitude?

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