Can I Choose Between the Position of Abu Hanifa and His Students When They Differ?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum I have been reading Nur Al Idah and have a question regarding differences between Imam Abu Hanifa and his students Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad (May Allah have Mercy upon them). Is there a general principle that if there is a difference of opinion between them that […]

How Should I Deal With People Practising Islam in a Different Way Than Mine?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaikum, I am an Indian Muslim (Hanafi) who recently started living in Saudi Arabia. I am disturbed by some of their practices. 1) It is very common to see people wiping over normal cotton socks and leading the prayer. Should I repeat my prayer after praying behind them? […]

Is it Permissible to Seek Out Legal Dispensations?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Aslamualaykum. If one opinion in the Hanafi school is difficult to follow, then is it permissible to ask another Hanafi scholar and follow that opinion if it is easier? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that this finds you in the best of health and spirits, […]

The Path of Taqwa: Avoiding Differences of Opinion

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Is there any benefit in trying to avoid differences of other schools? Why, and what are the limits? Answer: In the Name of Allah, most Merciful “The way of the spiritual traveler is to avoid differences of opinion, and to stick to that which is agreed upon.” – Imam […]

Does a Shafi`i Who Switched to the Hanafi School Have to Make up Missed Witr Prayers?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: If I was a Shafi`i and then became Hanafi, do I need to make-up witr prayers that I prayed as one cycle (rak`at)? Can I follow the Shafi`i position on leaving the sunna prayers when obligated to perform make-up prayers, and if yes then do I have to follow […]

Avoiding Differences of Opinion: Why & When Can I Follow Another School?

Answered by Sidi Faraz Khan Question: Why is it recommended to follow another schools position out of scrupulousness when we believe our own school is correct? When would taking another position outside of one’s own school be permitted for this reason? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, InshaAllah you are well. The basic idea is that […]

Differences of Opinion & Determining Sound Scholarship

Answered by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari Abdul-Razacq Question: If we do whatever Allah asks us to do without questioning, why do different scholars have different opinions about different aspects of our religion? The permissible and impermissible is not clear and there are many different ways of interpreting something. Some scholars say watching Hollywood movies is impermissible, […]

Standing for a Funeral Procession

Answered by Sidi Salman Younas Question: Can you please clarify what the position is regarding standing at funerals. Answer: assalamu `alaykum Jabir ibn `Abdullah is reported to have said, “A funeral procession passed by us and so the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) stood up for it and we stood because of […]