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Meaning of Taqleed

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plz tell me what is taqleed(follower)



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Meaning of Taqleed

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Taqleed is derived from the Arabic word Qalada, which is a belt-like leather harness used like a rein for a domestic animal. Taqleed when used in the Islamic concept means to follow someone unconditionally, or to follow someone without asking for any proof or evidence.


Just as the animal on a qalada or rein goes wherever the shepherd takes him, so do the people in taqleed follow their guides without asking for any proof or evidence. They simply follow their guides wherever the guide takes them.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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