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Why not taqlid in beliefs?

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To very simply put it:

When they say taqlid, what they are really trying to say is that anything less than certainty is not sufficient for the constitution of a "belief". That is generally what taqlid results in since you are not aware of the arguments for your beliefs and conclusions, hence you are not holding on to anything except appeal to authority (fallible authority in this case). In order for it to be a "belief" it needs to be known with certainty, otherwise, you are simply speculating. Hence, in the Usul al-Deen (the very fundamental things which essentially make you a Muslim) you need to have certainty.

Of course, if you open up the discussion there is a lot more to it, there are even critiques on it, and others have even said that if taqlid somehow gets you to certainty, then it is not really an issue.

Another point is that this expectation of "ijtihad in Usul al-Deen" is not as complicated as one may think. Even if a simple argument by design convinces someone in belief in God with certainty, then they have done their "ijtihad".


Edited by Ibn al-Hussain

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