Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hadith scholars also need the Fiqh Imams

قال عبد الله بن وهب" كل صاحب حديث ليس له إمام في الفقه فهو ضال و لولا أن الله أنقذني بمالك والليث لضللت
Abdullah Ibn Wahb said: "Every scholar of Hadith that does not have an Imam in jurisprudence [to guide him] then he is misguided. If Allah had not rescued me by giving me the company of Imam Malik and Imam Layth, I would have been misguided" - Tartīb Al-Madarik by Qadi ‘Iyād and numerous other places. It is a famous saying widespread in the works of the scholars.

Note: If that is the case with the likes of Ibn Wahb, who is one of the main pillars of the Muwatta (of Imam Malik- a major Hadith book) and himself an illustrious Imam in Hadith amongst the salaf, then imagine the misguidance of those today who rely on their own observation and understanding of Hadith after a self-reading of Hadith books? These are the times!

Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks

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