In the last century, a movement has appeared calling for the abandonment of the traditional Islamic Madhhabs. This misleading call falsely presented as ‘following the Qur’an and Sunnah’ has caused confusion amongst the Muslim masses. The people of knowledge have termed this movement’s call and its supporters ‘la madhhabiyya’. One of the sources for the spread of this innovation was a book written by Muhammad Sultan al-Ma‘sumi al-Khajnadi al-Makki which was translated and distributed in English as ‘Should a Muslim Follow a Particular Madhhab?’ and ‘The Blind Following of Madhhabs’.
It was in response to this book, taught and revered by prominent ‘la madhhabi’ scholars, that Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa‘id Rama?an al-Buti first wrote his groundbreaking work. Later editions of this book, the translation of which we have before us, included the aftermath of various debates Shaykh al-Buti was subsequently challenged to by his opponents and also incorporated counter-replies to the likes of the late Shaykh Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, Muhammad ‘Id `Abbasi, Mahmud Mahdi al-Istanbuli and Khayruddin Wanli.
This book is a decisive refutation of those who call to the misguidance of ‘Abandoning the Madhhabs’ for it is, indeed, The Most Dangerous Bid`ah Threatening the Islamic Shari`ah.
Mohamed Said Ramadan Al-Bouti (1929 – 21 March 2013) was a notable Sunni Muslim scholar who was also known as “Shaykh of the Levant”. He was killed on 21 March 2013, during the Syrian civil war, reportedly in a bomb explosion, though “many questions about the death” have been raised by videos of the scene.
Called a “prolific writer whose sermons were regularly broadcast on television”, and “more familiar to Syrian TV viewers than anybody other than President Bashar al-Assad”, Al-Bouti authored more than sixty books on various Islamic issues, and was considered an important scholar of the approach based on the four schools of Sunni Islam and the Ash’arite creed, which is considered a heresy by the Sunni-Salafis/Wahhabis.
Author: Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Sa’id Ramadan al-Buti
Translator: M. Merza, M. A. Absi, S. Abdul Aziz
Publisher: Sunni Publications
Year Published: 2010