Fiqh, The Legal Status of Following a Madhab / Monday, August 18th, 2008

A Saying of Sayyidina Ibn Mas’ood

Sayyidina Abdullah Ibn Mas’ood’s saying is also cited often against taqleed:

“Let no one follow another in his religion in such a way that if he believes, he too believes, and if he disbelieves, he too disbelieves.”

Obviously, no one permits taqleed of this kind. His words are very clear that he does not tolerate taqleed in belief, and we have also repeated that often. But, as for taqleed of the predecessors to learn injunctions of religion, Sayyidina Ibn Mas’ood has said:

“If anyone has to follow anyone, let him follow those who are dead, because we are not confident of the living that they will never succumb to mischief. They (worthy of being followed) are the Sahabah who are the most excellent people of this ummah So, you must recognize their esteem and follow their aathar and adopt their manners and habits as much as you can, because they were on the right path.” (Mishkat al-Masabeeh p32)

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