I happen to have a query regarding "Taqleed" after various posts of mine on sunniforum.com and listening to debates.
The below thread
was answered by Mufti saheb, however it is now closed, hence I opened this thread to seek guidance on this subject.
I know various scholars across the centuries post the era of the 4 Mahahib's Imams that we Hanafis consider as from "Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamah" yet these scholars chose rulings in matter of fiqh different than what their mazhab propogates.
To list a few...
1. ibn Taymiyyah r.e.h.
2. ibn Hajr Asqalani r.e.h
3. The students of Imam Abu Hanifa r.e.h Imam Muhammed and Imam Yusuf
4. Allama Abdul Hayy Lakhnawi r.a
5. Allama Anwar Shah Kashmiri r.a
When these scholars differed on issues and went against their mazhabs shouldn't they be classified as "Ghair Mukallids". If not please explain me why in detail?
Also, does our stance on Taqleed compels a layman to follow one mazhab, however gives liberty to the Aalims(some or all) that graduate from Deoband or elsewhere to opt for rullings which are not confined to a particular mazhab so they can follow what they feel more appropriate?