Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim
A Comment from one of the Hanbali list subscribers:
Before anyone cries “foul,” perhaps they can read message numbers
122, the recent message concerning Shafi`is reciting al-Fatiha behind
the imam (7/Aug/2003) and the most recent message on wiping over
I hope that readers will take the time to read that first message (try: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hanbali/message/122), since it shows that the brother's observations are not off. In that message I dissected someone else's “research.” Even after I showed others of his madhhab that this “research” from one of their students was worthless from several perspectives (Arabic, English, fiqh, adab, scholarly standards, and others), not only did they remain silent about the fact that what they had propagated might have problems – they continued to propagate the same “research” as if there was nothing wrong with it.
While my message did not prompt them to question what they were spreading as fact, it did prompt someone to recommended to Faraz Rabbani that someone “gently advise” me to adjust my attitude and to be less thorough; that I was right did not matter – what seemed to matter is that I gave a defense for the “wrong” madhhab that was too thorough instead of letting the “right” madhhab win a rigged match.
I guess “scholarship” has different meanings with different people.
And Allah knows best.
wa al-salamu `alaykum