The Compulsory Nature Of Taqleed Shakhsi

[By Maulana Muhammad Maseehullah Khan Sherwani (rahmatullah alayh)]

There are two classes of Wujub (compulsory nature), viz,

(I) Wujub biz-zát

(ii) Wujub bil-ghair

Commission and omission of acts emphasised by the Qur’án and Hadith are classified in the first category of Wujub, viz.Wujub biz-zát which means compulsory in itself. The very nature of the commission or omission brings about the compulsion. Salát,. Saum, etc. are of this kind.

Then there are such acts which by themselves are not commanded practices. However, these acts constitute the basis for practices commanded in the Qur’án and Hadith. Normally it is not possible to execute the commanded practices without their basis which is termed Mauquf alayhi. Such acts constituting the essential basis for commanded practices are of the second class of Wujub, viz. Wujub bil-ghair which means compulsory by virtue of an external factor. The compulsion is established for the sake, and preservation of practices categorically commanded (Umur Mansus). The universally accepted principle, viz., the basis of a Wajib is Wajib, governs the compulsory nature of Taqleed Shakhsi. Such an example is the writing of the Qur’án and Hadith. Reducing the Qur’án and Hadith to writing has been negated in the Hadith. In this regard appears the following Hadith:

lbn Umar narrates that Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“We are a nation which neither writes nor calculates.” [Mishkát-Mut-tafaq alayh]

In this hadith writing has been unconditionally negated by way of implication. However, it has been found necessary to reduce the Qurán and Hadith to writing in order to preserve their authenticity and prevent them from destruction. Hence, such writing is not considered as conflicting with the hadith. No one has questioned the Wujub of such writing nor has anyone demanded daleel (proof) for this Wujub. The preservation of the Qur’án and Hadithis an act categorically commanded and emphasised. Experience shows that such preservation is not a normal possibility without reducing the Qur’an and Hadith to writing. For this reason has the writing of the Qur’an and Hadith been decreed Wajib. Consensus of the entire Ummat on this need has been reported down the ages in an unbroken chain of transmission. Such a need is classified as Wujub bil-ghair. In exactly the same way is Taqleed Shakhsi decreed essential and Wájib, falling within the classification of Wujubbil-ghair.

In view of this explanation the need does not arise for the presentation of Sareeh Nass (clear and categoric Qur’anic verses and Ahádith) in substantiation of the compulsion of Taqleed Shakhsi. For this purpose Dalálatun Nass (Indication of Nass) is ample evidence — a fact which is not hidden from men of knowledge. In our age, in view of the dominant condition of people, it is indisputable that without Taqleed Shakhsi protection and Preservation of Mansus Alayh affairs (clear and categoric commands of the Shariat) are not possible. Taqleed Shakhsi is therefore both essential and compulsory.

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