Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel
Suppose we have the followers of Hanafi and Maliki madhhab. Both pray five times a day, but both neglect the witr prayer and the sunna prayers (however, Hanafis pray the two sunnas before fajr regularly, and Malikis don’t).
On Qiyamah, Will Allah allow the follower of Maliki madhhab to go to Jannah by his mercy but tells him that if he had just ten more sins, He (Most High) would have punished him.
Since missing witr is exceptionally grave in the Hanafi school, what happens to Hanafis in this case, assuming Hanif and Malik were the same in every other aspect?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
No, we will not be judged by our schools of fiqh (madhabs). We will be judged by the grace and justice of Allah Most High, more so by his mercy (rahma) and grace (fadl).
None will enter Paradise but by Allah’s Mercy and Grace
‘Ai’sha (Allah be pleased with her) reported the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Follow the right course, be devoted, and give glad tidings. Verily, none of you will enter Paradise by his deeds alone.” They said, “Not even you, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet said, “Not even me unless Allah grants me His mercy. Know that the most beloved deed to Allah is that which is done regularly, even if it is small.” [Bukhari; Muslim]
Every believer is Eventually Taken Out of Hell
Abu Sai’d al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever has the weight of an atom of faith in his heart will be taken out of the Hellfire.” Abu Sai’d, “Thus, whoever is in doubt, let him recite the verse: Verily, Allah does no wrong even the weight of an atom.” [Quran, 4:40; Tirmidhi]
Believers Purified by Justice Before Entering Paradise
Abu Sai’d al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah said (Allah bless him and give him peace), “The believers will be saved from the Hellfire, and they will be stopped at a bridge between Paradise and Hellfire. Then, they will justly retaliate against each other for wrongs committed between them in the world until they are cleansed and purified for admittance into Paradise. By the One in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, one of you will know his residence in Paradise better than his residence in the world.” [Bukhari]
Perfect Justice Restored on the Day of Resurrection
Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The rights of justice will surely be restored to their people on the Day of Resurrection, even the hornless sheep will lay claim to the horned sheep.” [Muslim]
May Allah Most High guide us in this world and envelope us in the Hereafter in his mercy and grace, forgive our shortcomings, and gather us with the prophets, truthful ones, martyrs and righteous, and all our loved ones, Amin
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[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.