Question ID: 25325

I have been studying about Taqleed. Alhamdulillah I went through several books on this topic and very satisfying information was found in the book written by Mufti Taqi Usmani. However one point is making me very uncomfortable, i.e. Jamood in taqleed. I have read comments of various scholars in the book including the ones made by Maulana Thanvi [ra] and Shah Wali-ul-llah etc. That if a Mufti finds his madhab contradicting hadeeth after fulfilling certain conditions he should follow the opinion of any of the other 3 documented madhahibs that goes with the hadeeth.
However I have also read that some muftis carry the opinion that probably the imam has a better reason to leave the hadeeth. Even though the imam had not provided any documented evidence that he knew the hadeeth and rejected it (e.g in case of rafa-yadain Imam Abu Hanifa preferred the hadeeth of Ibne Masud [rd] because he considered the sanad more authentic and reliable then that of Wail Bin Hajr [rd])

This point is creating a lot of confusion in my mind because there is also strong possibility that this hadeeth did not reach the imam. And dont you think that this will be like leaving a sunnah even though great scholors have recommended that sunnah should be followed.

Please communicate your point of view in this regard

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Asked on April 8, 2009 12:00 am
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See our site info on Taqleed.

- The Imaams knew what they were doing. Their statements that 'leave my opinion when you find a Hadith contrary to it' refers to when they said it,not now.
Safest way is to adhere to the Mazhab as expounded by the Imaam.

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Answered on April 8, 2009 12:00 am