From whom should a fatwa be sought

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Question: From whom should a fatwa be sought in fiqh matters; bearing in mind the difference [of opinion that exists] between the scholars regarding issues, 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, The All Compassionate, The 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 other than him lest the responses differ and further confusion ensues – as you 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; ask one of them, 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.

Translation originally published on 1 April, 2015

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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