Islam does not forbid you form following any of the four madhahib (Muslim schools of law) as each one of these schools is following the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) and acting accordingly. In addition, it is not obligatory for a Muslim to follow any particular madhhab among these four. People vary in their level of understanding and ability to derive rulings from the evidence. Allah has made our worship based on His Book and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The right way is to understand the texts of shari`ah as they were understood by the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and their followers among the scholars who are qualified and prominent mujtahids. This includes the imams whose sincerity, fairness and leadership in religion, knowledge, virtue, goodness and righteousness is a matter of record. The four imams and founders of the schools of Islamic fiqh (Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Malik, Imam al-Shafi`i and Imam Ahmad) – may Allah have mercy on them all – all followed the texts of the Shari`ah and their efforts were all focused on teaching and spreading sound Islamic knowledge. All of them were on the right path, and all were devoted followers of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Following a Specific Madhhab
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