If I Take Dispensations From the Hanafi School for my Prayers, Do I Have to Take on The Hanafi Rulings Pertaining to Oaths/Vows, etc.?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I predominantly follow the Shafii madhab for my acts of worship. Suppose that I had taken some Hanafi dispensations with regard to my prayers. I understand that when one takes a dispensation from another school for an issue, he should take on the school’s rulings for issues that are related to that main issue as well.
Does my taking on the Hanafi rulings for prayers mean I have to take on the Hanafi rulings pertaining to oaths, vows, and their expiations/kaffaras, etc.? Or can I still stick to the Shafii madhab with regards to issues pertaining to oaths, vows, etc.?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

No, you will only take the dispensations for the prayers as this is the area you are in need of and not pertaining to oaths and vows.

Conditions for the Validity of Following Another School

One has to remember that while it is permissible to follow another recognized school, it is impermissible to do so merely out of desire (shahwa) – or avoid legal responsibility- or in a manner that would lead to contradictory actions (talfiq).

Taking another school’s dispensation is valid if this is done due to an Islamically recognized reason, such as health conditions, elder age, etc.

[Nabulsi, Khulasat al-Tahqiq Fi Bayan Hukm al-Taqlid wa al-Talfiq]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught 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 the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.