TAYUMMUM


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Jabir (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: “The chief thing in tayammum is to strike the hand on (clean) ground, once for the face and and again for both the hands upto the elbows. [Mustadrak]

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) would not perform tayammum afresh for each Salaah. He did not even enjoin this either; he has made it a complete substitute for ablution. [Zadul Ma’ad]

March 11, 2010

Chapter 09 DOUBTS & OBJECTIONS ON TAQLEED Part 11


Fiqh, The Legal Status of Following a Madhab

Imam Abu Hanifah & Knowledge of Hadith

(11) He is also accused of having few Ahadith, or a weak knowledge of Hadith.

This baseless accusation follows from lack of proper knowledge and prejudice. In fact, great scholars agreed that he was excellent in the science of fiqh and the science of Hadith too. They are not only the Hanafi ulama but also ulama of other schools of thought. We present remarks of some of them.

August 18, 2008

Chapter 09 DOUBTS & OBJECTIONS ON TAQLEED Part 05


Fiqh, The Legal Status of Following a Madhab

Sayings of The Mujtahid lmams

(5) Some people say that the mujtahid imams have themselves said that their sayings should not be followed until the evidence is known. “If our opinion is against Hadith, throw it off and follow the Hadith.”

However, honestly, these words are directed to those who are capable of making an independent judgment, not those who cannot make ijtihad. Shah Waliullah said about such sayings:

August 18, 2008

Chapter 07 DETERMINING THE FOUR SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT


Fiqh, The Legal Status of Following a Madhab

The question then arises why choose an imam from only the four although there have been many mujtahids? There were: Sufyan Thawri, Awz’ai, Abdullah ibn Mubarak, Ishaq ibn Rahuyah, Imam Bukhari, Ibn Abu Layla, Ibn Shabramah, Hasan ibn Salih, and scores of others.

The reason is that their juristic teachings are not compiled together. If they had been arranged as the teachings of others are then surely their taqleed would have been allowed too. Neither we have their rulings in book form nor are there ulama representing them. Allamah Abdur Rauf Munadi cites Hafiz Zahabi as saying:

August 18, 2008

Chapter 06 THE NEED TO MAKE TAQLEED OF AN INDIVIDUAL Part 1


Fiqh, The Legal Status of Following a Madhab

Hence, it is proper to conduct oneself on either ‘absolute taqleed or ‘taqleed of an individual’.

May Allah shower mercy on the latter day jurists who understood the needs of their times. They saw wisdom in allowing only Shaksi or Individual Taqleed. People should not change allegiance to the imams.

To know their reasoning, we must first realise that slavery to one’s own desires is a misguidance that might lead one to disbelief. This is why the Qur’an has frequently emphasised that one must not overindulge in personal desires.

August 18, 2008

Chapter 05 TAQLEED OF INDIVIDUAL IN TIMES OF SAHABAH AND TABI’EEN Part 5


Fiqh, The Legal Status of Following a Madhab

It is reported by many of the tabi’een that they had chosen to follow one or another Sahabi. Here are the examples:

Imam Sha’bi said:

“To whom it pleases to gain authority in judgement let him adopt the sayings of Umar RA.” (I’lam al-Muqi’een, Ibn al-Qayyim v1 p15)

Sayyidina Mujahid said:

“When people disagree about an affair, see how Sayyidina Umar acted. Thus, follow him.” (I’lam al-Muqi’een, Ibn al-Qayyim v1 p15)

Imam A’mash said about Ibrahim Nakh’ee:

August 18, 2008