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Understanding Imam al-Subki's Statement on Following the Hadith and the Madhab

Doubt: What is your answer to what Imam al-Subki said regarding a person who comes across an authentic hadith that no one has acted upon, is it permissible to act upon it? He is quoted as saying that you should imagine yourself standing infront of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), would you then delay in implementing this hadith?

Answer: The above scenario is regarding someone who heard a hadith on an issue directly from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), as for us: our situation is different as we in our time may come across two hadith on a single issue which outwardly appear to conflict, such as the hadith reported by Muslim (90):

“Perform wudu from that which touches the fire”

And then we come across the hadith that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) ate a bone with meat which had been cooked, and prayed without performing wudu as reported by al-Bukhari (1:310) Continue reading