Contents > Chapter 12: The Deobandi’s Understanding of Taqleed > Taqleed - A Concept Opposed to Ittiba!
Taqleed - A Concept Opposed to Ittiba!
In light of the above mentioned excessive Taqleed and its conditions, the Ahl-Hadeeth scholars of the Indian subcontinent have overwhelmingly condemned Taqleed and declared it to be a concept that runs in parallel with the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam). Taqleed that is rampant in this part of the world means blind adherence and bigotry towards the Madhhab of an Imam, even when the Imam is wrong and his Ijtihad opposes the book and the Sunnah. And scholarship and knowledge of the Book and the Sunnah are used to uphold the Madhhabs of the Imams and not to spread the Sunnah and purify the Madhhabs.
The scholars of Ahl-Hadeeth, whether in the Indian subcontinent or elsewhere, however do not reject the teachings of the Imams or disrespect them – as the Deobandis allege. Rather, they respect all the scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah, amongst who are the four Imams, and benefit from their knowledge. It is the Deobandis, who reject and consider it impermissible to act upon the Fatawa and Ijtihad of all the scholars, Fuqaha and the Muhadithoon, whilst adhering completely to one Imam – and that too in a way that suits them the best!