Question 14: Is it obligatory for every Muslim to follow a particular Mad-hab (School of Jurisprudence) and exclude all the other Madaahib?
Answer: It is not permissible for a person who is able to derive the ruling and substantiate it to be fanatical about a particular Mad-hab. Rather, they should follow any of the Mad-habs of Ahl-ul-Sunnah (adherents to the Sunnah) as long as it establishes the proof. Anyone who does not have the ability to derive rulings based on evidence (from the Qur’aan and Sunnah) should refer to the people of knowledge and piety... read more here.
Question 21: We are a group of girls seeking Islamic knowledge, and we live in the same neighborhood. During our studies, we come across some researches which are not adequately qualified, and as such, we cannot understand many of the debatable matters. How do we reconcile or agree over controversial issues? We appreciate your guidance, may Allaah reward you!
Answer: Seekers of knowledge should examine the pieces of evidence according to the fundamental scholarly principles of reconciling evidence or evaluating which is preponderant, and so on. Then they should apply the opinion which they deem the most preponderant… read more here.