The Limits to Differences of Opinion In Islam – Dr Umar F Abd-Allah

Differences of opinion in Islam – do they harm Muslim communities or are they a source of strength and mercy? Are such discussions the domain of the knowledgeable or us laymen? What are the limits to this within the shariah? Are you fed up of hearing, “I don’t believe in schools of thought or madhabs, […]

Do the Differences Between the Legal Schools Render Our Worship Full of Errors?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam aleikum, Why do schools of fiqh contradict themselves to the point that something valid in one school is invalid in another school like wudu after touching a woman for example? If we say that there is valid opinions that could be wrong, wouldn’t that imply that we have […]

Sunni Orthodoxy: When Was It Established and Systematized?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: Is it true that “Sunni orthodoxy” was established in the third Islamic century? I have read this in many books authored by non-Muslims. My understanding is that orthodoxy was known from the first century, but systematized as a science in the third century. Is this understanding correct?   […]

Following a Madhab, Wiping Over Socks, and Tasbeeh After Prayer

Answered by Sidi Faraz A. Khan Question: Alsalamu alaykum, 1. When one is looking for answers, do they have to be based according to a madhhab? Would simply seeking an answer that is based on the sunna suffice? 2. When one is wiping over socks do they have to be thick socks , ensuring that […]

A Reader on Following Schools of Thought (Madhabs)

Why Follow a Madhab and How to Choose One What is a Madhhab? Why is it necessary to follow one? Why Muslims Follow Madhhabs? Would you advise individuals to study hadith from al-Bukhari and Muslim on their own? Understanding the Four Madhhabs Shaykh Murabtal Haaj’s Fatwa on Following One of the Four Accepted Madhhabs How […]

How Are Madhabs Any Different From Sects In Christianity?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: You keep talking about madhab.. the hanafi madhab, the sh’afi madhab….and so on. It gets confusing…I mean it makes Islam sound like Christianity…like they have divided their religion in so many sects…Islam shouldn’t be divided like that…it disturbs me a lot. Please help me out here.. Answer: Walaikum assalam, […]

Can a Hanafi Follow the Shafi’i Opinion on Joining Prayers When Traveling?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Scenario: Employers send one to a intense training program which is to run for three days (excluding the day one arrives and leaves), the training centre is beyond 50 miles. One finds it is difficult to pray on time and decides to follow the shafi madhab concerning joining prayers […]