Are we supposed to select one of the four madhabs and stick to it just as Ibn Taymiyyah said?
We try to follow the madhab that was followed by the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) and this means we have to take into consideration all the madhabs which used the different ahadeeth from the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam).
Ibn Taymiyyah never called people to stick to one specific madhab (eg, that a person should be a hanafi only or a hambali only) He himself did not stick to one madh-hab (e.g hambali). Yes, as laymen we can follow a particular madhab but this following of that particular madhab must not be blind following, we have to be flexible enough to follow where the daleel leads us the moment we get to know a daleel. Sometimes this daleel leads us to combine the madhabs we have because at the end of the day we have to be united and if we can unify the madhabs then that’s a bonus
 Dr B Philips, The Evolution of Fiqh, 180< Back to Questions