Massallah pertaining to reading Bismillah at the time of slaughtering an animal occuring to the Shafi Mathhab

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Dear respected mufti saheb.
The shafi mathab needs to be respected with regards to the issue of reciting the ‘basmala’ or not at the time of slaughtering. I do beleive that it is not correct for Mufti’s who are trained in the hanafi mathab to pronounce fatawa based on the Shafi school just as mufti Elias has done.
Just as the hanafi mathab has it’s usools so do the shafi’ees. It is not correct for the hanafi mufti to pick up ‘Umm’ and then declare the verdict of our imam on any issue based on the research of only one of our kitaabs.
Inshallah i refer mufti saheb to the website and to the correct verdict according to our school on the issue of reciting the ‘basmala’ at the time or sluaghtering or not which can be read about in the following article

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Asked on April 22, 2010 12:00 am
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We respect all Mazhabs but are Muqalid of Hanafi.
In food Haraam is original to be proven Halaal.
Do you want Hanafis to become Shaafis in the matter of the chicken issue?
You are also falsely accusing me of disrespecting the Shaafi Mazhab.
Moreover, we have translated Shaafi Fiqh for the upliftment and promotion of Shaafi Fiqh although being Hanafis - see Fathul Bari Part 1 and 2. Furthermore the Shaafi text pertaining to the Bismillaah is not as easy as you think.

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Answered on April 22, 2010 12:00 am