Are My Past Actions Valid Since I Follow a Different Madhhab Now?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I got the answer regarding madhhabs before, but I still found a problem. I used to follow specific rules for purifying things, but to my understanding, these rules do not apply to madhhabs like the Shafi’i madhhab.

For example, letting an object tainted with impurity be purified after wind, light, etc., causes all the traces to go away to purify it. Now, if I want to follow a madhhab, will things I intended to purify in the past in this manner be deemed impure? I don’t want to deal with a lot of issues.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

You will not have to repeat or worry about any future act or opinion you follow in another school, despite the ruling being contrary in the previous school. What you have done in the past was a followable position and opinion based on the Quran and sunna and the school of fiqh you followed.

Rest assured; the past is the past. All you practiced and followed was based on a sound understanding of a school of fiqh. [Shurunbulali, Al-‘Iqd al-Farid Li Bayan al-Rajih Min al-Khilaf Fi Jawaz al-Taqlid]

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All you need to know about whether to follow a madhab
A Reader on OCD and Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.