Muslims firmly believes that we must hold fast to the Qur’an and Al Hadith.
If we were to sit in most classes of ‘ilm, the scholars would say according to Al Shafi’i, according to Abu Hanifah, according to Malik and so forth.
Wouldn’t it suffice us to refer directly to the original source, the Qur’an and the Hadith of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)?
A lad went to a pesantren in Indonesia asking the question I’ve put forth above.
The lad asked the Kiyai, ” I’ve often heard scholars said according to al-Imam al-Syafiee, al-Imam Ibn Ato’illah al-Sakandari said, al-Imam Syaikhul Islam Zakaria al-Ansori said and so forth. Wouldn’t it be better to take directly from the Qur’an and the Sunnah? I think it is better to say Allah SWT have stated in the Qur’an or the Holy Prophet (pbuh) have said such and such.
Scholars too have their faults and shortcomings! Isn’t it better to take from the infallible source of knowledge, i.e the Qur’an and the Sunnah?
The Kiyai just smiled! The Kiyai then offered the lad to have a drink.
The lad, as usual poured the drink from the pot into a cup.
The Kiyai asked, ” Oh lad, why don’t you just drink from the pot? Why pour it into your cup? ”
The lad replied, “How is it possible for me to drink directly from the pot. The pot is big so i pour it into my cup to make it easier for me to drink.”
The Kiyai said,” Well my lad, there’s the answer to your question! Why we can’t take directly from the Qur’an and the Sunnah? Because it’s “too big” for us to “drink” from. Thus we drank from the cups of our ulama’. It’s much easier for us and more beneficial too.
What you said about going back directly to the Al Qur’an and Al Sunnah is true but what I wish to ask you. Are you suggesting that Imam Al Shafi’i and other scholars are taking dalil from other than the Quran and the Sunnah? ”
The lad said,” Of course, they too took from the Qur’an and the Sunnah.”
The Kiyai continued,”So you see, we are also taking our knowledge from the Qur’an and the Sunnah as well but as understood by the ulama’.”
Translated from Tahu, faham & Amal blog