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Why is it haraam to blind follow Abu Hanifa (rahimullah)?


Sheikh Ali Hasan Al Halabi said in his book Manhaj Asalaf Asalih in the chapter ‘The ruling of blind following’ pg 253;

“As for the definition of Taqleed (blind following) it is to accept the saying of somone else  without proof”.

So as for blind following in Islam, the Ulama reject the partisanship to different beliefs and schools of thought (mathaahib), meaning those that give precedence to the sayings of men before the texts of the Quran and the Sunnah.

And every person who holds firmly to the Book and the Sunnah knows that Allah made it compulsory upon mankind to follow the Prophets and to follow Muhammed (salalla alahi wa salam) and to follow what he came with from the Book and the Sunnah and there are many texts in the Quran and the Sunnah to support this as the following demonstrates:-

Follow that which has been sent down from your Lord unto you from your Lord (the Quran and the Prophetic Sunnah) and follow not any Auliya (protectors, helpers) besides him (Allah) little do you remember! (Surah Al Araaf ayah 3)

And he glorified be He said “And verily this is My straight Path so follow it and follow not (other) paths, for they will separate you away from His Path. This He has ordained for you that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious) (Surah al-Anaan ayah153)

And He the Most High said “And hold fast, all of you together to the rope of Allah” (Surah al Imran 103)

So all these texts nulify and make it haraam to do taqleed (blind following)

Allah said dispraising and blaming the Muqalideen (the blind followers) “When it is  said to them “Follow what Allah has sent down” They say “Nay We shall follow what we found our fathers following” (would you do that!) even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided?(Surah Baqarah ayah 170)

And the Most High said”And similarly, We sent not a warner before you to any town but the luxurious ones among them said: “We found our fathers following a certain way and religion and we will indeed follow their footsteps.” (Surah Zukhruf ayat 23)

And indeed the Imams of the sunnah used these ayat as evidence of the impermissibility (tahreem) to do taqleed for the one who is able to understand the Book and the Sunnah whether he be from the scholars who can to ithtihad(extrcact rulings) or from the general people. 

And they (the Imams of Sunnah and Islam)  allowed taqleed (blind following) for the one who is unable to arrive to the truth from the Quran and the Sunnah, and doing taqleed is like eating dead meat. The Usl (foundation) of it is that it is haraam.

 And it is indeed known for those who have insight that the Imams of Islam made it impermissable (haraam) for mankind to blind follow them and indeed from them was those who said it is not permissible for anyone to take my saying  until he knows from where it took it.

Imam Shaafi’ said” If my saying contradicts  the saying  of the Messenger (salalla alahi wasalam), throw my saying against the wall”.

Imam Ahmad said;” Dont blind follow me  and don’t blind follow Malik nor Awzaee. Take from where they took”.                                       

Translated by Jafar

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  1. Shen
    May 23, 2012 at 01:41

    Is it haram to do taqleed of imam abu hanifa, can you clarify. Is it haram to do taqleed of rabee madkhalee?

    The layman doesnt have a madhab in most cases anyway. When someone follows the hanafi school in fiqh they are just accepting what their local ahlul ilm are telling them. Same as what salafees do, except their local ahlul ilm are not local and are more limited than even the hanafees. They limit themselves to a shaykh in madinah who is hardly known in his own country.

    Salafees in leicester are the biggest blind following fanatics.

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