Is there a need for madhhabs? Can everyone not read the Quran and hadiths and make judgments?
It is not possible for every Muslim individual to learn the religious issues, decrees and judgments directly from the Quran and Sunnah. Only authorized Islamic scholars that have reached the level of ijtihad can do it. The other Muslims need to understand and adopt the explanations and views of those scholars and follow their way. The raw materials of drugs are plants, herbs, mines, etc but not everybody can produce drugs using them; it is necessary to study pharmaceutics; similarly, an ordinary Muslim cannot make judgments about religious issues although the sources are the Quran and Sunnah; only scholars that have reached the level of ijtihad can make judgments about religious issues. Not everybody can have enough knowledge, mental capacity, reasoning, intelligence and foresight to make judgment from religious sources.
- How did madhhabs emerge?
- The sources of the Religious Judgments and Decrees in Islam
- What is a sect?
- Is the difference of opinion among mujtahids an inconvenience?
- Where do the differences among madhhabs originate from?
- Which Islamic sect (madhhab) is better to follow? Which one is superior to others?
- What is the reason why madhhabs were formed and what are their benefits for people?
- Why do we follow a madhhab?
- Do we need to follow sects (madhabs)? Why? Are there any hadith or verse about this in Quran?
- What are the madhabs sects-school of thoughts- of practice?