ummtaalib Posted May 22, 2013 Report Share Posted May 22, 2013 We respect and revere all the four Aimmah Mujtahideen (viz. Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Malik, Imam Shafi and Imam Ahmad (May Allah Ta’ala have mercy on them all) but follow only one in all matters of jurisprudence. In our case, we have placed our firm conviction on the School of thought of Imam Abu Hanifa (May Allah Ta’ala have mercy on him). The underlying reason for this is that coupled with his piety and sincerity, Imam Abu Hanifa (May Allah Ta’ala have mercyon him) devoted his entire life in attaining, mastering and codifying Islamic knowledge. This was in the glorious period when knowledge was at its pinnacle, memories were strong, Ulama were many and scholarly gatherings abounded. It was generally in this era that authentic Ahadith flourished and the scholars immersed into the depths of every narration. Every action that was practiced had to be based on concrete proofs derived from any of the Islamic sources. Thus, Imam Abu Hanifa (May Allah Ta’ala have mercy on him) use to discuss every ruling with at least forty scholars of whom each were masters in different fields of Islamic knowledge. After much study, scrutiny and discussion on each law, a conclusion used to finally be attained. Additional to all the above are the efforts of numerous great luminaries who came in the past twelve hundred years. They too traversed the earth, enduring hunger and pains in the quest of knowledge. These great scholars spent their entire lives thoroughly scrutinising every verdict of Imam Abu Hanifa (May Allah Ta’ala have mercy on him) to ensure its authenticity. In this way, the jurisprudence of Imam Abu Hanifa has been scrupulously refined through the united efforts and sacrifices of Mufassireen, Muhadditheen, Fuqahah, Philosophers, Jurists and Academics of twelve centuries.  There can now be no doubt in understanding that every ruling of Imam Abu Hanifa (May Allah Ta’ala have mercy on him) is most definitely in conformity with Quran and Hadith. It would be highly illogical for us now to independently seek evidences from Quran and Hadith when the cake is already baked. This is an extremely daunting task, which requires years, nay lives of dedication, commitment, perseverance and great effort. In fact, many Ahadith are not even at our disposal today. When the tartars invaded Baghdad, they burnt down thousands of libraries and destroyed so much literature that the entire river Dajla turned black with the ink. This led to the loss to several narrations. Allah, in his infinite mercy, has made it so easy for us that we follow such individuals who were the true epitomes of Islamic knowledge. By following these illustrious scholars, we can rest assured that ultimately we would be practising on Quran and Hadith. The above proves how frivolous it is for us now to independently search for proofs directly from the Quran and Ahadith. Thus, we are happy that Allah Ta’ala has made our Deen so easy for us. May Allah Ta’ala guide us to that which he loves and keep us on the straight part. Ameen ————————————————————————————————— See Athr al-Hadith ash-Sharif (p195) for a detail discussion on this.  In the book Al-Maslak al-wasat ad-dani (Q 2/Alif, maktoot) there is a quotation that when Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (May Allah Ta’ala have mercy on him) was asked regarding Ahadith which scholars in the Hanafi and Shafi use as proof yet there is no sign of them in the books of Hadith, he replied, “Many of the books of Hadith, or even most have vanished in the Eastern lands in the times of their tribulations. Perhaps these Ahadith were in those books and hence, did not reach us. http://www.fatwaa.com/beliefs-and-creed/why-do-we-follow-a-madhab/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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