From whom should a fatwa be sought


Question: Bearing in mind the difference [of opinion that exists] between the scholars regarding issues, from whom should a fatwa be sought in fiqh matters; and how should we [then] evaluate the opinions seeking out the preponderant view, and may you be rewarded [by Allaah]?

Response: In the Name of Allaah, All Compassionate, All Merciful. All Praise is due to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds, and may the prayer[s] and salutation[s] be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and his family and all of his companions. As for what proceeds: If you are confused about something, then ask one whom you have trust in his [Islaamic] knowledge and his [practice of the] religion, and take his response; and do not ask others lest the responses differ and further confusion ensues – as I have mentioned. [So just] ask one whom you have trust in his [Islaamic] knowledge and his [practice of the] religion – particularly from amongst those who are known for issuing Islaamic rulings; and if he provides you with a fatwa, then suffice yourself with his fatwa, [because] you are not responsible for evaluating the opinions and seeking out the preponderant view.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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