Should muslims follow a madhhab?

A madhhab usually refers to a schools of thought within fiqh, namely Hanafi, Shafiee, Hanbali and the Maaliki. Throughout history, there have been many, but these four are the only ones that have lasted till today. Now the question arises, do I have to follow one or should I make my own one up. Well as the mass of the muslims are laymen, we would do the former. However, that does not mean that we are required to be very strict with the opinions of that madhhab as they may be more evidence for a certain act or not doing a certain act and we should follow that opinion accordingly,… Read More

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