Dr. Bootee replied by saying: Amongst the Sahaabah were the muqallid and the
mujtahid. The Muqallid Sahaabah used to follow one of the Mujtahid Sahaabah
whose ruling he felt comfortable with.
Shaykh Naasir replied: The Muqallid Sahaabah used to adhere to the opinion of
every Mujtahid amongst them and did not restrict themselves to just one (i.e.
they asked any Mujtahid they found easy to go to at the time they needed a
ruling). So sometimes if they found it easy to go to Abu Bakr they would take to
his legal verdict without then clinging to him [in all matters of the religion].
Similarly if they found it easy to go to Umar they would take to his legal
verdict and so on. There was never this clinging to one Imaam present amongst
them, however you claim there is so I ask you to furnish me with evidence.
At this juncture al-Bootee tried to escape the strong point that Shaykh
Naasir made and rejected that he had ever made such a statement, and then gave a
whole new definition to al-Madhhabiyyah.
He said: al-Madh-habiyyah is that one person who has not reached the level of
ijtihaad follow an Imaam from amongst the Imaams, regardless of whether this
Imaam changes or the number [of Imaams asked] be more than one or he does not
change and there not be a number of [Imaams being asked]. As for the Laa
Madh-habee then he does not go to a single Imaam for a legal verdict and neither
does he go to a number of Imaams (i.e. neither does he not stick to just one).
Hence such a person is from the most dangerous of innovators.
At this Shaykh Naasir expressed his utter astonishment and said: upon this
definition you will not find a Muslim on the face of this earth except that he
is a madh-habee! So who are you refuting in your book? And why did you not make
clear what you meant by al-Madh-habiyyah so that the people could
The Discussion Now Digressed into talking about al-Ma`soomees book
[translated into English as The Blind Following of Madh-habs
this book was the initial reason behind al-Bootee authoring Laa
Al-Bootee understood from this book that the author took it upon every Muslim
to perform Ijtihaad and to take [directly] from the Book and Sunnah.
Shaykh Naasir asked him to furnish evidence from the book that would justify
his understanding. So al-Bootee quoted some sentences that mentioned that the
Prophet (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) was sinless (ma`soom), that the Madh-habs were an innovated
matter, that Imaams were not sinless, that the Madh-habs consisted of the
opinions of some of the Mujtahids in some issues, and that neither Allaah or His
Messenger (sallallaahu `alaihi wasallam) had obligated following them.
Shaykh Naasir stated that these statements were restricted [and to be
understood in the light of] other statements that [al-Ma`soomee] made in his
book, such statements that al-Bootee had overlooked and had not indicated to in
the slightest way.
Al-Bootee asked Shaykh Naasir to quotes some of these.
Shaykh Naasir mentioned some of them, for example on page 29 where
al-Ma`soomee said, "know that taking to the opinions of the Scholars and
their analogies is like performing tayammum. One only does it when one cannot
find water. In the case that a text from the Book, Sunnah or statements of the
Sahaabah are found then taking to them is obligatory and one should not then
turn to the opinions of the Scholars."
[The meaning of the words of al-Ma`soomee can be found articulated by
ash-Shaafi`ee in his Risaalah (pg. 599 tahqeeq Ahmad Shaakir). It is
strange that al-Bootee, who claims to be a follower of ash-Shaafi`ee refutes
these words [of al-Ma`soomee] understanding them in this strange way that they
necessitate that everyone must perform ijtihaad. For sure if these words were to
have been quoted to him as the words of ash-Shaafi`ee then he would have
directed them towards their correct meaning (with no problem)!]
Shaykh Naasir asked al-Bootee: Do these words not restrict the generality of
his words [that you quote]?
Al-Bootee replied that al-Ma`soomee had mixed truth with falsehood. For if
these words of his are compared to what he states on page 40 that
understanding the Book and Sunnah is easy and does not require more than
the Six Books of Hadeeth then his words are contradictory.
Shaykh Naasir remarked that al-Bootee had not fully quoted the words of
al-Ma`soomee and asked him to read from beginning of al-Ma`soomees words
that said, "O Muslim! When you delve and excel in knowledge and your
strength of resolve increases through taqwaa then strive in understanding the
clear [texts] of the Book and the clear Sunnah and the actions/understanding of
the majority of the People of Knowledge
So Shaykh Naasir asked al-Bootee: So did al-Ma`soomee require every Muslim to
understand the Book and Sunnah or did he restrict it to a specific group of