Wait! The cars don't symbolize the madhabs, the 4 lanes are the madhabs, and you are the car & all the 4 lanes reach the same destination.
“Who lives sees, but who travels sees more” - Ibn Battuta [rh]
www.theijtema.com - Bringing the Foam of all the Seas Together.
They take turns in each car, in various lanes, sometimes running the shortest course (inner lane), at other times the longer (outside lane). We don't get to see the drivers, we just know they're there and they switch cars so it doesn't matter. Besides, just like Stig, they'd be hard to recognize.
[BTW, just to be clear... this is not fact]
أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
A`ūdhu billāhi min ash-shaitāni r-rajīm
b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
I seek refuge in Allah from Shaitan, the accursed one
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Seekerguidance has gone downwards in a specific path which has already been denounced and explained in detail in other threads. From "traditional Islam" they have gone to "reformisty traditionalism".
Something similar to what happened to Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: from denouncing secularism to sharing platform with the deviant Tariq Ramadan..
Yes, in the past Mufti Abdur Rahman Ibn Yusuf as well as Mufti Muhammad Ibn Adam al-Kawthari, Shaykh Ilyas Patel and other reliable scholars' fatawa were hosted on Sunnipath..
..Now, Seekerguidance is following another path.
Also, Shaykh Nuh Keller, who wrote Sunnipath/Qibla's vision statement is the Shakyh of Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.
Even more, huge scholars such as Habib Ali attended Shaykh Faraz's Seekershub in Toronto very recently.
So it does not make sense as to why these giants of the Ummah would associate with SG if they were headed down another path as you claim. Also, you may want to re-read Sh. Faraz's fatwa that you had a problem with. He mentions abuse is not allowed. Abuse is different than hitting.
Brother, this is an argument invoked by nearly every deviant group, as "look, if my Shaykh was really a deviant, why did Shaykh XYZ visited him last year", etc. etc.
Haqqanis are a "good" example in using this same "connections-business", and they too may use the name of Shaykh Habib 'Ali etc..
But this is not a proof of anything.
Every scholar will be judged according to his own actions/statements, not just according to the relations he has with other scholars, and it's "normal" for scholars to have many links and contacts with each other.
You may want to read this thread in which others have used this same arguments and other brothers "refuted" it and gave more insight:
And, regarding the "traditionalism" phenomenon:
The danger of the traditionalists - http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/show...raditionalists
What's wrong with the traditionalists? - http://www.sunniforum.com/forum/show...raditionalists
It may be argued that this is basically the most common excuses used to justify violations of Shari'ah invoking the "authority principle".