Different Rulings on the Same Issue

Scholars from different places will tell us to follow different rulings on the same issues. Isn’t it better to follow just one ruling and keep it simple?

It may be a simpler method to follow just one ruling wherever you go but by doing so you are not following the Madhab of Allah’s messenger (ﷺ).  Following Allah’s messenger (ﷺ) means one should seek knowledge as was narrated that Anas bin Mâlik said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said “Seeking knowledge is a duty upon every Muslim”.[1]

Imam Al Shafi wrote Al Hujjah and after studying under the students of Imam Al Layth Ibn Sa’d, he changed his opinion and wrote the Umm.

Since we have the opinions of scholars backed by evidence from the Qur’an and Sunnah, we should gain knowledge and strive to the best of our ability to find the correct opinion which is based on evidence without blindly following any Madhab, nor rejecting the work of scholars of various Madahib. Thus, we should not concoct new rulings based on our amateur knowledge.

One should seek knowledge from a scholar if, because if he does not, he might misunderstand certain rulings. For example, Sahih-al-Bukhari may have Hadith which are exceptions, specific, general, abrogated etc.  Therefore, neither can Hadith be picked as random and isolated, nor can rulings be extracted based on them.

Reference:

[1] (Sunan Ibn e Majah, Book of Sunnah, Hadith no 224, Classified as Sahih by Sheikh Al Albani)

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