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05-10-2009 @ 1:05 AM    Notify Admin about this post
mohammed saalih aman khan (uk)
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Aslm youve probably heard it a million times before "do i follow a madhab being a typical layman or do i try and follow the strongest of opinion(s)from the great imams"?.Having been raised and brought up in a hanafi tabligh mosque i soon realised how confined my religous knowledge/mindset was.Only untill recently did i start to expand my way of thinking but unfortunately although this philosophy has had many benefits it has also had its confusions.Alhamdulillah the books on tawheed which i was given by some brothers have been immense in rectifying my aqeedah however indecicsions such as number of witr rakats,qunoot after salah etc.. have just sarted to plaguemy mind.Typically some pple have vehemently protested and understandably aimed allegations at me such as who am i to critiicse and overrule the great imam hanifah rh,the local mosque imam ,how can i differentiate between hadiths etc...And yet in the same breath I have also met people telling me not to follow a madhab but to stick solely to quran and sunnah throwing anything else against the wall.I agree totally with the latter metohdology but putting it into practise is a differenet matter for the likes of me.Therefore would you suggest i adhere to a madhab and if so then my question would be to what extent do i follow madhab and ignore other sources.Also would it be permissable to select from different imams without falling into the trap of chosing upon desires and easiness.I hope i have put my point across without too much confusion.
10-10-2009 @ 10:02 PM    Notify Admin about this post
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12-10-2009 @ 12:37 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Damilola Sadiq ibn Owodunni (Lagos, Nigeria || Eastern Province, KSA)
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wa 'alaikumussalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

Firstly, although there are a few real students of knowledge who contribute on this site (may Allaah reward them), I think you should know that many of us (including me) are just brothers like you sharing from the very very little of what we know from the Scholars.

Secondly, I don't know if this would answer your question, but insha'Allaah, Shaykh al-Albaani's introduction to his book: "Sifatu Salaatin-Nabiyy صلى الله عليه وسلم" (the Prophet's sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam's Prayer Described) would be beneficial. One of the best places to obtain it insha'Allaah would be on this site: where you can get other authentic books too.

Two important sections of the introduction are: "Sayings Of The Imaams Regarding Following The Sunnah And Ignoring Their Views Contradictory To It" and "The Imaams' Followers Leaving Their Views If These Contradicted The Sunnah."

Besides the introduction, the book itself would, if Allaah so wills, guide you to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in prayer without blindly sticking to just statements/opinions of any other person. BaarakAllaahu feek.

14-10-2009 @ 3:14 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Fatimah al engleezi (sheffield; United Kingdom)
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dont worry yourself akhi just take your time and be sure to abandon or alter any practices once your understanding becomes clear and you are sure that a particular practice contradicts the qur'an and sunnah.

Being a salafi and taking only from qur'an and sunnah doesn't remove the necessity to have ulema and people of knowledge to learn from. The important thing is that you start to build up an understanding of fiqh according to the qur'an and sunnah. This does nit involve picking up sahih al bukhari and making all the fatawa for yourself. You need to study fiqh akhi.

Start with some basic books on tahara and salah and make sure you have this right. is the hub for the salafi sites where you can access many resources. The suggestion of the brother to buy the prophets prayer described is an excellent book and not only does it demonstrate the error of the staunch taqleed that we see these days but it will help you inshallah to purify your salah.

Taqleed (blind following) should only be left to the best of your ability. If you cant speak arabic, you must rely on the translations from the ulema. But you should also strive to learn arabic if you can so that you dont have to blindly follow someone elses translations.

Inshallah with the resources available at you can slowly become more knowledgable and less dependant on following others. I also recommend going to lessons if there is a salafi centre in your area.

have a look on the salafi bookstore link the brother gave you to see a wide range of excellent books that will help you acquire of sorts if knowledge. Studying in yemen or saudi is the best way though.

Hope that helps bro and may allah increase you in beneficial knowledge

14-10-2009 @ 3:26 AM    Notify Admin about this post
Abu Fatimah al engleezi (sheffield; United Kingdom)
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p.s. I strongly advise you brother to find your local salafi masjid. There are threads on here detailing many salafi centres in the uk.

It seems you have woken up and are now in search of the haqh and wish to leave the darkness of blind following of your forefathers. Many muslims are waking up these days to see that the qur'an and sunnah must be followed, even if it contradicts our own cultures and countries of origin

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