Which opinion should a layman follow?
27 Aug 2011 08:26 GMT
 
If you doubt something a scholar says because he does not provide proof, is this permissible, even if that scholar is well reputed? What do you do if two scholars disagree?

Answered by

Sheikh Salman al-Oadah

We are commanded to worship Allah in the way Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) directed us. Allah says: “That day (Allah) will call to them, and say: What was the answer you gave to the Messengers?” [Sûrah al-Qasus: 65] Allah does not say that He will ask: What was the answer you gave to this or that scholar?

Allah, moreover, says: “What! Have they partners who have established for them some religion without the permission of Allah?” [Sûrah al-Shûrâ: 21].

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Whoever does something that is not of our affair, then it is rejected.”

Our concern should be with the evidence. When you hear a scholar say something and mention his evidence, then this is what should be taken if the scholar is trustworthy.

If the scholar provides no evidence, then the questioner has the right to ask for evidence so that he can be more satisfied and convinced.

In case a person is faced with two different opinions without being provided with any evidence or without being able to make a determination for himself based on the evidence that he has been given, then he should take the opinion of the most trustworthy scholar.

If he considers them to be equally knowledgeable, trustworthy, and pious, then there is disagreement about whom the person should follow. Some people of knowledge are of the opinion that the person should follow the easer opinion of the two, while others prefer that he should follow the more difficult.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today



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