Contents > Chapter 12: The Deobandi’s Understanding of Taqleed > Conclusion



It is not expected for the common people to know each and every aspect of the Sharee’ah. But every Muslim should have the basic knowledge of Eemaan and worship. The common man should therefore take his religion from the Qur’aan and the Sunnah, and ask those who are knowledgeable.


The problem starts when you have different scholars who give different rulings on the same issue, under the same circumstances and we know that the Qur’aan explains contradictions are a sign of falsehood and not truth. At such a point, it is the responsibility of the scholars to research and amend their mistakes.


But unfortunately, the Muslims are split up when scholars start to give precedence to their Madhhabs and Imams over the Sunnah and insist that the people blindly follow the Madhhabs, even if the Madhhab clearly opposes the Qur’aan and the Sunnah. Allah, the Most Merciful, at such a point does not allow His religion to be drowned in contradictions and become a sacrificial lamb for the preservation of the Madhhabs. He sends sincere scholars who defend the Sunnah as the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “This ilm (Deen) will be carried by the trustworthy ones of each generation. Negating from it Tahreef (alterations) of the ones going beyond bounds, the false assumptions of the liars, and the Ta’weel (false interpretations of the ignorant).”[1] And these scholars purify the religion for the people and anyone who makes a sincere effort to seek the right path will be blessed by the guidance because even the night of this religion is like its day.

[1] Reported by al-Bayhaqee and authenticated by Shaikh al-Albanee in Mishkat (no. 248).