Strictly Following A Particular School Of Thought

Question

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?


Answer

I am sorry I could not understand what do you mean by entering Islam? I believe that if the holy Prophet (sws) would be alive and we were enjoying the blessing of learning directly from him, there would not have been a chance for a believer to attach to any particular fiqh. But after the demise of the Prophet (sws), even the scholars of ḥadīth have no choice but to consult the opinions of other scholars in various situations. A layman cannot understand the holy Qur'an and the Sunnah by himself. He has no option save to accept the opinion of the scholars. Asking him to study Qur'an and Ḥadīth independently ignoring the opinions and researches of the scholars can prove lethal for his religious self. The best option for such a man is that he should consider the Qur'ān and Ḥadīth, the only sources of the religion, and should accept only such views of the scholars as seem compatible with the evidences given in the holy Book of God and Sunnah. If he find a counter opinion by any other scholar, he should not reject it but through evidences and, in this regard, he should seek guidance from his religious mentor. If he finds that the view of the differing person is nearer to the ḥadīth and the Sunnah, he should accept it and his affiliation to his school should not hinder his correction. But it should be noted that one should differ or adhere to a particular group or school only for the cause of Allah and in obedience to His Prophet (sws).

Taqlid is a natural weakness. It can be condemned only when it hinders the path of righteousness and when a person denies the truth despite knowing it.

(Translated into English by Abid Mahmood)

About the Author

Talib Mohsin


Mr Talib Mohsin was born in 1959 in the district Pakpattan of Punjab. He received elementary education in his native town. Later on he moved to Lahore and passed his matriculation from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Lahore. He joined F.C College Lahore and graduated in 1981. He has his MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Punjab. He joined Mr Ghamidi to learn religious disciplines during early years of his educational career. He is one of the senior students of Mr Ghamidi form whom he learnt Arabic Grammar and major religious disciplines.

He was a major contributor in the establishment of the institutes and other organizations by Mr Ghamidi including Anṣār al-Muslimūn and Al-Mawrid. He worked in Ishrāq, a monthly Urdu journal, from the beginning. He worked as assistant editor of the journal for many years. He has been engaged in research and writing under the auspice of Al-Mawrid and has also been teaching in the Institute.

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