Much confusion has sadly reigned concerning the subject of Taqlid amongst Muslims creating disunity and even animosity. The root cause however has been nothing more than the lack of information and access to the facts. This short but comprehensive work deals authoritatively with this misunderstood concept in Islam. “Understanding Taqlid,” explains the basic meaning of Taqlid and its ruling in the light of the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah. Furthermore, it also robustly augments the Islamic ruling quoting no less than a dozen major Classical Sunni scholars, such as Imams Nawawi (author of Riyad al-Salihin) and Jalal al-Din al-Mahalli (co-author of Tafsir of al-Jalalayn), proving that, contrary to propaganda, this was and always has been the position of the Ummah and its scholars for the majority of its history until recent times.
Whether or not a person should follow one of the four schools is an issue that has created much confusion among Muslims today. It is hoped this short treatise will serve to dispel much of the misinformation regarding this issue and furnish the details for why the four schools (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali) have such a central role in Sunni Islam.
Due to the importance of this subject, this booklet is being distributed for free and there is no copyright preventing anyone wishing to reprint it from doing so. Finally, I would like to thank Mufti Javed Iqbal of Al-Habib Trust, and my brother Mufti Sarfraz Muhammad for their invaluable help and advice. May Allah Most High accept this effort, make it beneficial and reward all those who helped in any way in its production. Amin.
15th Dhū’l-Qaʿda 1431 ah
24th October 2010