Dialogue between a Sunni Madhhabi and a Ghayr Muqallid
The following file is an interesting dialogue between a follower of a recognised School of Islamic jurisprudence – Sunni Madhhab (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali) and one who dismisses the following of the Madhhabs. The latter are known as Ghayr muqallids (non-followers of the only recognised Sunni madhhabs). They also claim themselves to be Ahl-e-Hadith (followers of Hadith) in the Indian subcontinent.
In reality, the vast majority of the true followers of Hadith (Ahlul-Hadith) after the Salafus-Salihin (first three pious generations of Islam) have not only followed a recognised Sunni Madhhab but advocated that non-Mujtahids follow one of the accepted Madhhabs. The evidence for this can be deciphered by reading the biographies of such previous luminaries in acceptable literature by reliable scholars.
The outcome of the discussion demonstrates the consequences of not conforming to one of the recognised Madhhabs for those who have not reached the level of performing Ijtihad (extracting rulings,) which is a rare entity in Islamic history, as well as why the non-Mujtahid should seek to follow (taqlid) the scholarly rulings of a recognised Sunni Madhhab.
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