What is Maslak?

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2. What is "Maslak" ?? Is it obligatory for Muslims to follow a specific Maslak ??

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What is Maslak?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol,  no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Q-1: What is "Maslak" ??

Maslak is an Arabic term derived from the root word ‘salaka’ which means to walk or to walk on a way.   Maslak is a synonym for the term ‘madhab’ or way or school of thought.   Thus if someone claims to follow the teachings or ways of Imam Abu Hanifa,  his maslak or madhab would be termed ‘Hanafi’.


Q-2: Is it obligatory for Muslims to follow a specific Maslak ??

The true ‘maslak’ of every believer,  who sincerely believes in Allah and the Last Day,  is to follow the ‘maslak’ of Al-Islam;  that is,  the guidance,  teachings,  and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws).    Other than this one ‘maslak’,  the believers are not obliged to follow any specific maslak!


The only reason some believers claim to belong to the Hanafi,  Shafei,  Hanbali,  or Maliki ‘maslak’,  is because they believe that the teachings of these great scholars of Islam are the closest to the ‘maslak’ of Islam and the guidance and teachings of the Quran and Sunnah.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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