By Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks
The same group that is telling you not to follow the understanding of the book and the sunnah according to the four Imāms of the salaf (Abū Hanīfah, Mālik, Shāfi’ī & Ahmad), are insisting that you follow their understanding. Its “taqleed” either way. Now you do the comparison, and see who is worthy of trusting your deen to?
Imām Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said:
“Whoever claims that taqleed is not correct, or that no one is to be followed in religious matters, then he is a fāsiq (open sinner) according to Allāh and His Messenger ﷺ. And verily he only intends [by such claim] the destruction of knowledge and the Sunnah…”
[Tabaqāt al-Hanābilah, by the famous Hanbalī jurist, Ibn Abī Ya’la al-Fara]