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‘Allamah ‘Abdul Hayy al-Lucknawi and ’Allamah Saffarini al-Khalwati on layman doing taqlid of a madhab.

Posted by muhammedm on December 25, 2010

أبدأُ بالحمدِ مُصَلِّياً على مُحمَّدٍ خَيِر نبيْ أُرســـــِلا

This particular post is written due to the fuss that some have created saying that the Deobandi Ulema always talk about the taqlid and following hawa. The three Ulema below state the opinion of their times and also that following of hawa’ is real and not just a tactic for the populace to following a particular thought.

‘Allamah Lucknawi in his Fatawa writes, “The early and the later scholars are in disagreement regarding taqlid of a particular madhab (one madhab), some are of the opinion that it is wajib such as ‘Allamah Mahalli in Jam’ ul Jawami’…’Allamah Lucknawi says after quoting the different opinions, “Even though the correct and preferred opinion amongst the Muhaqqiqin is that Taqlid of a particular madhab is not wajib but in our times the preferred opinion of the verdict is that to do taqlid of a particular madhab is wajib or something preferred which is according to the opinion of some (of the early scholars), and the Mufti should take extreme caution to not let the general populace know the preferred opinion which is it’s not wajib…
‘Allamah Lucknawi quotes Shah Sahib, “these four codified researched madhabs, the Ummah has agreed upon the permissibility of doing it’s taqlid, and in it are many benefits which are not hidden especially in our times in which aspirations have decreased, the nafs has drunken hawa (lower desires), and each individual prefers his own opinion,; what Ibn Hazm held that taqlid is haram is a mistake.

‘Allamah Saffarini al-Khalwati in his Lawami’ writes after giving various different opinions regarding a layman doing taqlid of one madhab, “And what is more famous or well-known now is that he (the layperson) should follow a (particular) madhab. Pg. 576
Ma’ Salamah

The above doesn’t imply that all scholars are agreed on this, rather the reason for the fatwa for obligating taqlid is following hawa’ which is present in our day and age.


2 Responses to “‘Allamah ‘Abdul Hayy al-Lucknawi and ’Allamah Saffarini al-Khalwati on layman doing taqlid of a madhab.”

  1. ahmed12321 said


    Are you aware of where I can buy fatawa of Imam abdul hai lakhnawi online?


    • muhammedm said

      Wa Salam

      Darul Uloom Madania in New York sells it for ten dollars. You might want to ask this question on sunniforum as many on the site live in UK.

      Ma’ Salamah

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