Having to Follow People

The great scholar, Shaikh Ṣāliḥ Al-Fawzān, may Allāh protect him, said:

We are not tasked with having to follow people; we’ve only been ordered to follow the Qurʾān and the Sunnah. This is what the Truth is. We haven’t been ordered to follow so-and-so and so-and-so.

Allāh the All-High has not left us to [come up with] our [own] opinions and formulated judgments; rather, He revealed His Book to us and sent us His Messenger [ﷺ].

When we go back to the Book of Allāh and the Sunnah of His Messenger ﷺ, divisions [among people] disappear, differences disappear, and there’s unity and harmony.

Sharḥ Rasāʾil Al-Imām Al-Mujaddid, Al-Uṣūl Al-Sittah, p. 20, as quoted by Ibrāhīm Al-Sinighālī.